Why police in Bharuch, India will be packing smart health cards

Wed, 2014-01-29 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

The Times of India reports on a pilot in the Bharuch district in Gujarat, India designed to improve the health of its police officers. Some 1,200 officers and their families will be issued smart health cards with  Quick Response code technology that can be scanned by smartphones.

Data on the cards will include the cardholder's past medical history, blood group and emergency contact number, saving doctors time when the police or their families go in for emergency treatment.

As Bharuch Superintendent of Police Bipin Ahire told the Times, "Most policemen suffer from stress which leads to heart attacks, blood pressure and diabetes. Many have even died due to the ailments. Our aim is speedy diagnosis of their illness."

Another police official noted that once successful, the pilot will be replicated across Gujarat.


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