|Willow (the_willow) wrote,|
@ 2012-03-18 23:10:00
Medical QR codes intrigue me.
I wouldn't feel as if all this vulnerable making information was right there on display. It'd be easy enough to smack a busy body with a phone trying to take a snap. And a whole lot more information than can be crammed onto a piece of jewellery or even a wallet card can be included. Considering my long list of allergies? So much yay.
The problem to me, however, and this may be my lack of key point knowledge, is that it looks to mean businesses will be holding on to personal medical information. Even if it's just the amount you'd usually put on jewelry, in the medical short hand, etc. It'd still be an opportunity to potentially monetarize your profile for advertising, and/or who knows what, with that information in the hands of companies without any sort of ethical oversight.
It'd make more sense for doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals to offer it, and you pay maybe a yearly fee so they can maintain servers somewhere. But then again, hospitals and the like have already been outsourcing billing and records, which leaves one in that odd grey area again.
So what then? Considering I'm not sure how one would create a QR code / with what tech / under what circumstances, in order to perhaps host one's own 'Health Page', like the medical version of an old school 'Home Page'. Your personal presence on the 'Medical Net'.
More than likely, at least at the moment, branded w/ some 'advertising' at the bottom or incorporated somehow while the creation of the codes / the software remains not exactly every person accessible.
And yeah, I realize I'm not considering being in places in the world, where Emergency Response may not have a camera phone handy. In the same way that getting an alert bracelet in the language of your current home, may not always be helpful outside of it.
- That'd be some computer scanning and laser programming for etching on metallic jewelry, or silk screening and printing for that matter.
- I'm seeing notes of 'use our website for non commercial' use. So I'm actually pondering this, though it'd probably be only good enough for an extra card in the wallet - if I an think of a) information for it or b)a permanent web address leading to an html or scanned file.
- The thing that got me started on all of this, was looking up phone charms ->charms -> the most beautiful book form medical id pendant on a necklace I'd ever seen. Maybe because it's a book? And books calm me? Or that it could be 'closed' and thus private? I didn't feel like I'd be wearing a target on my back. Amazon's selling it right now. Though I did hunt down the website of the company selling it, and, I don't see anyway to request it come as just a pendant; though really how much does the 'chain' cost anyway. I also just tonight found a less, to me, pretty version, with less interior pages. This version, at StickyJ.Com comes as a keyring, but there's no peephole heart. On the other hand, immediate access to engraving, and whoa, so much money for that. Really does make me wish I could just have a page QR engraved. But how would you be thorough with the pattern at that small size?
Anyway, the 1st one comes with 'See Wallet' already engraved. So, I might put thoughts and savings towards it; once I figure out how I'd wear it. As a charm would be too dangly. And around my neck... I want to get into the habit of wearing it all the time. And I keep hearing my mother going 'Why you need that?! You inviting trouble! Why you marking yourself with illness!' and other things. And so the neck feels... wrong.
Hmm, I wonder if the pin could be removed, and another casped added so it could be hung like an id plate?
Ymm, maybe I need to consider more 'remove strap, see other side' stuff. Except.... such a LONG list of stuff. And wearing a flash drive? Ha, I say. Ha, me and my weirdo electric field.