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QR Code by DENSO: Benefits for the healthcare industry and medical practices

07-01-2021 05:07 PM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: DENSO WAVE EUROPE

DENSO WAVE, member of the Toyota Group, is the inventor of the QR Code.

DENSO WAVE, member of the Toyota Group, is the inventor of the QR Code.

The QR Code by DENSO, member of the Toyota Group, offers more security for the healthcare industry, especially in the issuing of the new e-prescription.

Düsseldorf. DENSO WAVE, member of the Toyota Group, is the inventor of the QR Code and the versatile 2D code offers numerous advantages. Among others, the healthcare industry benefits from using the QR Code. Since the beginning of the Corona pandemic, the QR Codes of the experts for mobile data collection and auto-ID solutions have been used more and more frequently. The latest results of a study carried out by the security specialist Ivanti show that QR Codes have become more popular: 80 percent of the respondents had scanned a QR Code at least once, another 17 percent had used a QR Code on the day of the survey. In contrast: In 2020, only six percent of the respondents said they had scanned a QR Code on the day of the survey.

Digitalisation is advancing in many areas. In Germany, medical prescriptions will soon be made entirely paperless. In July 2021, the digital prescription will start with a test phase in Berlin and Brandenburg. It will be introduced nationwide starting in October. From 2022, the so-called e-prescription for pharmacies and prescription drugs will be the new standard. And these e-prescriptions will work with QR Codes originally developed by Masahiro Hara for DENSO WAVE, member of the Toyota Group. Information on all current models of QR Codes, mobile computers, auto-ID solutions, and DENSO WAVE EUROPE is available at

From medical practice to pharmacy: QR Code will replace paper prescription

Initially, the process for patients in Germany is not going to change. They see a doctor when they have symptoms so that the needed medication can be prescribed. The difference, however, lies in the issuing of the corresponding prescription: What is new is that the typical pink-coloured paper that is used in Germany is no longer printed out and issued with the doctor's signature. In the future, the prescription will be digitally signed and its data will then be stored on a central server.

Patients receive a QR Code on their smartphone or printed on a piece of paper, which they can then show to their pharmacy of choice. The QR Code is scanned and the pharmacist has access to the e-prescription. The German Pharmacists’ Association assures that all pharmacies in Germany will be able to process e-prescriptions, meaning the corresponding QR Codes. If patients want to check the prescription using the QR Code, they need a special app that is provided free of charge. A smartphone and the individual electronic health card as well as a PIN from the respective health insurance company are required for identification.

The greatest advantages of the QR Code, which was developed by DENSO and is now used in the e-prescription: It is faster and more secure than the prescription in paper form. For example, QR Codes are more difficult to forge and better readable. This means, fewer mistakes can be made when patients and pharmacies handle the prescriptions. Patients see the introduction of the e-prescription as a contribution to environmental protection, because fewer prescriptions are printed on paper with the QR Code. This is one of the results of a representative survey by the Federal Association of German Pharmacists’ Associations (ABDA). The e-prescription also saves patients unnecessary trips – and valuable time: The e-prescriptions can be used to check in advance whether the required medication is in stock at the selected pharmacy or not.
DENSO, member of the Toyota Group, has developed other models and QR Code solutions in addition to the classic QR Code. For example, the Secure QR Code (SQRC®) is an in-house further development of the classic QR Code from DENSO, but it is much more secure. The Secure QR Code looks like the standard QR Code, but it can store two types of data: public data that can be read by conventional data collection devices and non-public data that can only be read using special mobile computers with the correct encryption key. This security feature is particularly interesting for the health sector, as patient data can be securely encrypted with the Secure QR Code. Further information about the QR Codes from DENSO as well as mobile computers, auto-ID solutions, RFID, and NFC can be found at

All in all, QR Codes can be used in a variety of ways. The pandemic has shown that the demand is increasing. And the versatile 2D code is becoming more and more popular, especially in the healthcare sector. DENSO’s QR Code supports the digitalisation in the health sector, especially in medical practices, pharmacies, and clinics.

For the European market, DENSO WAVE EUROPE is the contact point for all enquiries on QR Codes, mobile data collection, handheld terminals, and scanners. The durable and robust terminals and scanners manufactured by DENSO are to be found in storage, logistics, at the POS, in production, and field & sales automation applications.

Short and informative video clips about the terminals, scanners, and solutions from DENSO WAVE EUROPE can now be viewed on YouTube. The clips include the 20th anniversary of the QR Code, a company presentation, and introductions to the various devices for mobile data capture such as the BHT-1500, BHT-1400 and the GT20 scanner. For more information, click on the link below:

QR Code is a registered trademark of DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED.

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DENSO WAVE is a global provider for high quality Auto-ID solutions helping businesses in retail, logistics and healthcare to improve their stock management, have full data transparency and accelerate processes along the supply chain.

As the inventor of the QR Code® – a technology that has revolutionized the way data is stored and accessed – DENSO strives for nothing less than perfection. DENSO WAVE hardware and software solutions are therefore tested extensively before being available at the market. This way the company ensures that users in retail, logistics and healthcare can fully focus on their tasks without having to worry about the technologies’ functioning.

DENSO WAVE solutions range from premium RFID readers, handheld terminals / mobile computers and barcode scanners to complex and cloud based IoT Data Management Systems.

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