Medical Alerts with QR Code for Seniors

Medical Alerts with QR Code for Seniors

time icon 6 min read update icon Sept. 30, 2019


Medical alerts with QR codes may be ideal for seniors with medical needs. By allowing first responders to scan the code with their smartphones and other compatible devices, QR codes can provide a fast and complete medical profile. If a scanning device is not available, first responders may also call a medical alert live operator to access the senior’s emergency profile.

An online health portal is accessible yet secure and protects seniors while saving medical personnel time in diagnosing and treating medical emergencies. A QR code helps to identify an unconscious or lost senior. It can also help first responders to identify illnesses, allergies, medications, blood type, medical history and emergency contacts.


QR codes can be applied to medical alert bracelets, bands, necklaces and other devices for seniors. QR codes are perfect for, but not limited to, seniors with medical needs, active lifestyles, and those who may have dementia. By scanning the QR code, the most current and update medical information can be gained immediately. Additionally, seniors and/or caregivers can update and complete online health records when needed.

Seniors may also opt to custom-engrave emergency contact names and numbers, as well as major medical conditions, on the jewelry. The medical alert company’s phone number can also be printed on the bracelet, which is helpful if the first responder is unable to access the medical information by scanning the QR code.

Advantages of QR Codes in Medical Alerts
  • Discreet: A QR code on medical alert jewelry can be discreet, keeping information accessible, but not obvious, to casual observers. Diagnoses and ailments can be tactfully concealed.
  • Most current information: A QR code is especially beneficial for seniors who may have an extensive medical history, or frequently changing health and contact information.
  • Easy to update: Caregivers and seniors can update online profiles in real-time. Updates can be done wherever there is internet access.Seniors and caregivers can add, modify and delete contact and medical information.This allows seniors to have their information always up to date, in order to have the most accurate response possible.
  • Emergency contacts can be notified: A QR code allows first responders the opportunity to contact your relatives to advise of the medical situation, and will also significantly reduce the time of communication between emergency services and loved ones.
  • Can speak for senior when they cannot: For seniors who have a chronic health condition, take multiple medications, have serious allergies, or just have a medical condition that may deem them unresponsive during an emergency, a QR code may save time, in addition to a life.
Disadvantages of QR Codes in Medical Alerts
  • Technical Issues: The process of scanning the QR code can be a daunting task. To be used effectively, medical personnel will need to have a smartphone or other device available, as well as the code reader app, and be in a location in which there is an internet connection. If the medical personnel have a reliable internet connection, the QR code can be scanned seamlessly, however, if the internet connection is not consistent, time may be wasted.
  • Lost or misplaced device: If a senior loses their jewelry or device that includes a QR code, medical personnel will not have immediate access to pertinent medical information. This may become a critical situation, especially if the senior is either unconscious or lost.
Enhancement Options for QR Codes
  • Customizable codes: QR codes can be fully customizable to include any medical or health condition. Some of the common health conditions which are often included are allergies, diabetes and heart conditions.
  • Online medical profile: Each QR code comes with a free online medical profile that can be updated at any time.
  • More feasible than carrying multiple medical cards: QR codes are convenient for active seniors who enjoy doing outdoor activities. QR codes are a simple way to keep vital information and emergency contacts with seniors when it’s not suitable to carry identification. QR codes are usually as small as a sticker and can be applied to a variety of devices and jewelry items.
  • Digital medical profile: QR codes help to ensure that medical information is readily available to first responders and medical professionals. Seniors can opt to include a multitude of information including allergies, emergency contacts, medications and more.
Cost Considerations for QR Codes in Medical Alerts

QR codes options are available in many forms.They can be applied to bracelets, necklaces, pendants and more. The cost ranges from $20 to $149.99. The QR codes can be applied to a selection of jewelry that comes in different sizes, shapes and materials, such as stainless steel, sterling silver, yellow and white gold, and more.

Additional Considerations for QR Codes in Medical Alerts

QR codes can be used in many aspects of people’s lives. A QR code can be utilized to help medical personnel quickly obtain personal medical and contact information.First responders are trained to understand that every second counts, especially during critical moments. In an emergency situation, if a senior is unable to speak, a senior’s behavior or display of symptoms may be misinterpreted or misdiagnosed by first responders.A QR code can provide crucial information for first responders, to make sure that the correct care is provided at the moment when it’s needed most.

T. Mashae Pearson - Senior Advisor

Shae is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.