VIIT student develops software for emergency medical services

Pune: Soon, medical history and the contact details of an individual will just be just a scan away.

Prasad Seth, final-year engineering student of the Vishwakarma Institute of Information Technology, in association with general physician Shishir Joshi has developed a software entailing quick response (QR) code which when scanned will give out the medical history and contact details of an individual.

The software, called the ‘Health Scan Card’, works without the internet. “It will come in handy during cases of emergencies,” said Seth.

Explaining the working of the software, Seth said, “It will generate a QR code which can store medical and other details of an individual. One just needs to scan the code through a smart device to avail the given information. It will save a lot of time in case of accidents or when the patient is unable to give out details to a doctor due to a variety of reasons, like physical or mental shock.”

“Once the details are available on the software, the doctor can plan a targeted and suitable treatment while getting in touch with the emergency contact of the person,” he added.

Seth plans to tie-up with hospitals, which can roll-out medical identification cards with the said QR code printed on each. “At present, we don’t have a system in India where people can carry standard health cards through which medical practitioners can access their medical history,” said Joshi, adding that he is currently in talks with the Maharashtra chief minister for the potential roll out of the software.