The Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision is the first in the nation to incorporate quick response codes on the medical licenses of physicians and other medical professionals. The ubiquitous black and white square box will now appear in the lower right hand corner of all newly issued or renewed physician licenses in Oklahoma.

In the same way that traditional UPC bar codes changed the way we pay for groceries, this use of QR Codes can allow for a rapid check-in of medical professionals at training events, clinics and hospitals.

“Law enforcement or emergency medical personnel establishing an incident command system at the scene of an accident or emergency will be able to immediately identify and confirm that the Good Samaritan offering assistance is indeed a licensed medical doctor,” said Board Deputy Executive Director, Reji Varghese.

Scanning the code will provide direct, instant access to a physician’s information page as it appears on the Board’s website, Some of the data available includes the doctor’s education, medical specialty and board certification, office address, telephone and office hours, hospital privileges, insurance participation and board status.

The online service is a product of a partnership between the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision (Medical Board) and, Oklahoma’s Official Website managed by the eGovernment firm, NIC Inc. (Nasdaq: EGOV).