Using QR Coding to Create Interactive Patient and Provider Resources


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Since their development in 1994, Quick Response (QR) codes have been used for multiple purposes. QR coding was developed in Japan by Denso Wave as a scannable image that could hold up to 20% more information than a conventional bar code. When a QR code is scanned by a mobile device (Smart phone, phone with camera, tablet, etc.), it prompts the device to open a webpage, link to a video, send a text message, display an image or text and/or make a telephone call. It is, essentially, a “pictographic hyperlink that can be imbedded in the physical environment.” The interactive potential of QR codes makes them an ideal method for patient and provider education. This presentation will describe a doctoral-level experience for students that focused on the creation of resource guides using QR coding. Application of this practicum has implications both in the classroom and in the clinical environment.

Jennifer Bellot, PhD, RN, MHSA, CNE

Dr. Bellot is an Associate Professor of Nursing in the Jefferson School of Nursing. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s in health services administration (public health) at the University of Michigan. She earned a PhD in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, studying culture change initiatives in nursing homes and their effect on nursing staff. Dr. Bellot thoroughly enjoys teaching graduate-level nursing students and continues to practice, providing care services to young children with cerebral palsy and pervasive developmental delays.



1. List two applications of QR coding for didactic knowledge.

2. List two applications of QR coding in the clinical setting.

3. Discuss appropriate QR applications specific to individual disciplines and their corresponding patient populations.

Presentation: 35 minutes

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