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RazCode/Windows Tags – Bar Coding to Add Information to PHRs, EHRs, and More…

Posted Oct 08 2009 10:01pm

Yesterday I posted about Windows Tags being a solution for medical devices, to inventory them and be able to scan a code or tag with a cell phone, as they connect to the web and any recall notices that go to where the tag is placed connects and shows on the screen.  Also, the FDA could keep a image copy of all the tags on reference in a data base, as a double check.  You can read more at the link below.

Tracking Medical Device Recalls – Sounds Like A Good Place for a Microsoft Tag Data Base at the FDA

This is the next step forward with using Windows Tags through RazCode to input information with your cell phone.  Sean Nolan was kind enough to point me in their direction today.   They provide a secure gateway so in order to use this service, you need a provider or perhaps an insurance company that is a subscriber to their service.  One this has been established you could get copies of EOBs, images, etc. that are tagged.  Point the cell phone at the tag, enter your logon and password and get the document and upload to your PHR or EHR.  How many times have you tried to describe to someone how to upload a document on a website, take the phone and shoot. 

You can visit the site and set up a consumer account here.   I was not able to link HealthVault yet but Google Health worked fine.  Again, I have nothing yet to include but wanted to test the waters here.  The real value comes in when you actually have data arriving from a RazCode client.  The services uses CCR format.  BD 

For the general FDA suggestion for just tracking device information and displaying updated notices and/or recalls, the simple Windows Tag solution I think would work the best.  BD 

The RAZCode Gateway enables electronic medical record (EMR) vendors and developers of other health care software and medical devices to easily integrate their solutions with all popular personal health record solutions. The Gateway provides a RAZCode ID or image (shown to the right), via a web service, that a vendor solution applies to health documents produced by the application, including receipts, labels, discharge instructions, health encounter summaries, explanation of benefits statements, account statements, etc.

Then when a consumer receives a health document containing a RAZCode, he or she can upload the data to their choice of personal health record using just the camera and data connection on their mobile phone, or via any web browser

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As a health care consumer, you want access to and control over your health information. Get started today by creating a free basic RAZCode account. Your RAZCode account will allow you to easily and securely upload your health information to your choice of online personal health record  whenever a participating health care provider or payer provides you with a RAZCode image or ID code. Typically RAZCodes are included on receipts, labels, account summaries, explanation of benefit statements, and other health related documents.

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We also take your privacy very seriously:

  • 2048-bit encryption is used for all connections to the Gateway
  • all health information uploaded to the Gateway from health care providers and payers does not need to contain any personally identifying information (and can contain a PIN code that ties the record to your personal email address)
  • is stored  in an encrypted format on our servers while waiting transfer to to your choice of Personal Health Record
  • is deleted once it has been transferred.

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Razoron Health Innovations -- RAZCode Gateway

Related Reading:

Windows tags – bar coding information made easy from your cell phone

General Mills Using Microsoft Tag On Food Products

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