Idea Description
Supplementary Information
Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Scannable QR codes have the ability to deliver medical device operator information as a short video, when needed, and at the point of need, to reduce adverse incidents
Overview of Innovation:
VuDo (view do) Project Quick Response (QR) Codes are 2 dimensional images made up of dots which can be scanned by smart phones or tablets with a free QR code reader app. They contain over 230 times more data than the bar codes we have become used to. This property allows us to view webpages, social media, sync with an Outlook calendar, geo-locate, email, text etc.
At Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust we are using these to improve on the patient experience and staff competence by providing short learning video clips at the point of use. Devices which have been problematic in use can now have an individual code attached in a prominent position and when scanned immediately delivers a specific video of between 30 seconds to 3 minutes.
Examples of application include nebulisers and inhalers which patients can scan should they feel they need to refresh their memory on the device’s use. An important example would be their use in easing the roll out of £1 million new state-of-the-art vital signs devices across all the wards.
The VuDo QR codes are distinguished from any other codes by embedding within a camera icon, so that trained staff will readily recognise them and what they provide. The URL within each VuDo will provide data on usage for audit purposes.
VuDo works where one needs operator information without the necessity to hunt for paper based material or to log onto a computer. Other uses of VuDo include staff induction; enriching posters and leaflets; interactive hospital maps; emailing engineers of device breakdowns and more.
For cost conscious NHS Trusts the cost is minimal. If one has the video equipment then all it takes is people’s time to record, edit, upload and test the video/QR code, print off and attaching the VuDo on “infection Control” friendly stickers.
Welch Allyn Vital Signs Device
A short video clip may be viewed here
Stage of Development:
Evaluation stage - Representative model or prototype system developed and can be effectively evaluated
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A recent development people may be interested in; we have attached functioning codes to 8 different inhaler medicine boxes. Patients can scan these and watch a short reminder video on how to use their new inhaler. Similarly the same facility is available for a model of nebuliser which patients take home with them.
That's really interesting Simon, have you worked with inhaler produces themselves in order to do this? 
Our chief pharmacist feels we should, however we are keen to complete pilot first before approaching them. We have been debating as to the best place to attach the code; the prescription, the box or a paper insert.
There are variety of QR codes offerings from companies relating to medical equipment etc. Some with the ability of overlaying graphics that can project images and objects etc. The adoption of using this technology by industry is key to getting better use, acceptance and understanding of it uses and benefits.

I would recommend that you look at industry GS1 codes as all products supplied to the NHS should be so coded (UDI in the states) thus many products (if not all in time) will be displaying a QR format icon. Thus providing a linking service with the ability for VuDo and others the abilty to providing a QR Code enhancement information services in association with the manufacturers QR code. Thus any instructions are ensured to be appropriate for that version or model of the equipment etc. 

PS. MedilinkWM has a MPD Class for NHS procurement and Industry staff on GS1 Coding on 21st of January 2016. Please see for additional information. 
Thank you Chris this will help me with the next pase of the project
Just a quick note to inform people that evaluation of the project will begin in April. As soon as results are available I'll post them here. In the interim snce launching the project (3 months) the video clip has been accessed 104 times. That's 104 times post trainng that clinicians have found it a useful aide memoire and aid to patient safety

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