Wide 1cm square patches containing the personal information of the patient, help the police can easily send them to reunite with their families. QR codes are marked on their fingers and memory loss in case they are missing
A Japanese city is watching old people suffering from dementia by attaching a bar code containing the personal information on the fingers and their toes, local officials said.
Bar code system used is the QR code, also known as two-dimensional bar codes, developed by a company in Iruma, near Tokyo. The code is mounted on a square patch 1cm wide, contains address information, phone numbers and an individual serial number of each person.
This service is the first bar code attached in Japan, absolutely no charge and was released this month.
The code is mounted on a square patch 1cm wide, contains address information, phone numbers and a serial number to each user’s personal
The initiative aims to help families be reunited with loved ones in case they are missing, according to the Iruma welfare office. By scanning the barcode, the police will get the details of a missing person quickly.
One official told the AFP news agency that this method is a big advantage: “There has been a barcode sticker for clothing, footwear, but patients with dementia is not.”
Water-resistant stickers will stick on nails of patients in about 2 weeks. The advantage is that it is more discreet than other items such as badges, when absolutely can paste on nails and then wear socks to cover.
Japan is facing an aging population base, with more than 1/4 of citizens over 65 years old. This ratio is expected to increase to 40% by 2055, the population is forecast to fall from 127 million to 90 million people.