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QR Code Prescription and Supplement Tracker

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240893D
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-10
Document File: 3 page(s) / 29K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for a Quick Reference (QR) code prescription and supplement tracker that provides a consistent and secure method for communicating information regarding medications to patients, pharmacies, and medical personnel. The system comprises an application on a mobile device that accesses a server that stores the patient’s/consumer’s information in a partially encrypted QR code.

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QR Code Prescription and Supplement Tracker

Due to advanced age or disability, people often have a difficult time recalling prescription name(s), dosage, frequency, or the fill quantity of medication. This information is virtually impossible to retrieve if the person is either non-verbal or unconscious for some reason. Current methods for maintaining this information include basic memory, written lists, carrying the prescription vials, or relying on others to keep the medical history or contact the physician to obtain the information. These methods are not failsafe, as forgetting a list, number, or bottle can lead to errors in medication intake.

A consistent and secure method is needed to communicate information to patients when a physician changes a prescription (i.e. notify before the patient refills the current prescription), when a pharmaceutical company recalls or issues warnings about a product, when contraindications are present with everyday supplements or other medications, or other information without which the patient is in danger.

The novel contribution is a system for a Quick Reference (QR) code prescription and supplement tracker. In addition to traditional labeling, prescription medications are labeled with a partially embedded QR code that contains relevant information such as but not limited to the name, lot number, dosage instructions, manufacturer, prescribing physician, and potency. The system comprises an application on a server that stores the patient's/consumer's information in a partially encrypted QR code. This application is universal, is easily downloaded to any mobile device, and is partially encrypted as it contains Sensitive Personal Information (SPI). An associated mobile application is also equipped with a QR Reader and bar code scanner.

The pharmacy retains this QR coded information in a partially embedded code in the retail system. When a consumer retrieves a prescription, the pharmacy personnel scan the QR code into the application at the point of sale (POS) station. The consumer has the option of downloading, either at the POS or from a home computer, the application that stores this partially embedded code. This universal application can be shared with other retailers, physicians, emergency rooms, regulatory agencies, recall sites, etc. The system provides positive confirmation that the consumer is protected in the form of alerts to these organizations. The system also provides the dispensing retailer with a list registered users of this application who are not aware of new information (e.g., a drug recall). Associated physicians can also use these alerts.

The system enables easy refill services for the patient as well as the participating pharmacy. The patient does not need to call the pharmacy, and the pharmacy does not have to manually enter each prescription into the store's system. The user can execute the request by simply pushing the button on the mobile device or computer.

The system p...