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April 09, 2013

Oklahoma Medical Board Mandates Utilization of QR Codes

Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision (Medical Board) has mandated the use of QR or quick response codes. For the first time in the country, the medical licenses of physicians and other medical professionals in Oklahoma will include a QR code. The lower right hand corner of all recently given or revalidated physician licenses will now incorporate the omnipresent black and white square box.

The utilization of conventional UPC bar codes has transformed the manner payments are made for grocery. Similarly, the QR Codes will permit a speedy check-in of medical experts at training events, clinics and hospitals.

In a statement, Reji Varghese, board deputy executive director said, "Law enforcement or emergency medical personnel establishing an incident command system at the scene of an accident or emergency will be able to immediately identify and confirm that the Good Samaritan offering assistance is indeed a licensed medical doctor."

The board’s website includes information pages for all licensed physicians. The information on these pages includes the doctor's education, medical area of expertise and board certification, office address, telephone and office hours, hospital benefits, insurance contribution and board status. This information will be made available when the QR code is scanned.

The Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision will be offering this Web-based service in association with, the Official Website of Oklahoma. In fact, the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) in association with Oklahoma Interactive, LLC have developed with an aim to assist Oklahoma government entities provide their information services on the Internet. NIC Inc., a major provider of official government portals, online services, and secure payment processing solutions across the country, administers the website.

The Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision aims to encourage the health, safety and well-being of its citizens. The organization demands a high level of qualifications, standards and ongoing learning for licenses controlled by Oklahoma Medical Board. The organization also looks into complaints, carries out public hearings, effectuates and tracks punitive measures against any of the licensed professionals. At the same time, it offers the licensee the appropriate due process and al of the rights mentioned under the law.

Edited by Jamie Epstein
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