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Revista Cubana de Información en Ciencias de la Salud

versión On-line ISSN 2307-2113

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GONZALEZ-ARGOTE, Javier  y  GARCIA-RIVERO, Alexis Alejandro. QR codes and their uses in health sciences. Rev. cuba. inf. cienc. salud [online]. 2016, vol.27, n.2, pp.239-248. ISSN 2307-2113.

The QR code is a two-dimensional code easily identifiable by the three boxes located in the top corners and the bottom left corner. It may contain information in alphanumeric characters, symbols, Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana, binary codes and control codes. It is omnidirectional and may be read from a mobile device. A review was conducted of papers from the databases Scielo and Pubmed about the uses of these codes in health sciences so as to propose some of those to the Cuban National Health System, where their introduction has been gradual, mainly in medical practice and education. However, their spread and use is still incipient and many opportunities still lie ahead. A national identification system for the health sector would allow easy, fast, effective authentication with substantial resource savings. Pharmaceutical enterprises could use a similar system, in their case with information about drugs. Despite their limitations, these codes may be used for a variety of purposes in health services. This possibility, combined with the current technological expansion experienced by Cuba, will permit generalization and dissemination of these technologies in the near future for the benefit of society.

Palabras clave : QR code; medical informatics; computerized medical records systems; hospital information systems; health information technologies.

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