Google glass is now available for the general population to buy. Estimize has some analysis on it. I have worn a pair of Google ($GOOG) glasses for all of about five minutes. They were cool, but not cool enough for me to spend $1500 on a pair. We are in the beginning stages of this sort of wearable tech. It will be fun to see where it goes. Already, there are variations on Google glass being used in applications that you might not thought about. A Nashville, TN company, XOEye has created glasswear for use on a factory or warehouse floor. The medical community is beginning to explore how wearable computers can revolutionize the industry. Here are some points from an article in iMedicalApps.
- An emergency responder arriving at a motor vehicle accident is able to live stream to the emergency department the status of the patients and the associated trauma suffered to a patient. The ER is then able to assemble and prepare for a patient’s emergency treatment.
- A surgeon live streams to residents and students a live surgery–so that they can see what work goes into a medical procedure first hand.
- A visiting nurse seeing a patient in their own home video records and captures images of the patient’s wound (for which they are caring for) and sends them back to the physician.
- A resident’s physical exam of a patient is streamed back to an attending physician, who can critique their work and make recommendations on questions to ask in real time. This could especially be useful when a resident consultant evaluates a patient while their attending is at home overnight.
- A cardiologist in a cath lab overlays the fluoroscopy as they perform a femoral catheterization for a patient with a recent myocardial infarct.
- A nurse scans the medication they are about to give the patient and confirms the correct drug and right patient by overlaying their patient profile with the person in front of them–possibly stopping a medical error.
- A student brings up their notes and lab reports as they present their patient case to their attending, with data available in real time.
- An oncologist can overlay the MRI scan over a patient, and show the patient and their family where the cancer exists.
- The electronic health record at the hospital is available to caregivers, and able to be updated on major changes in the patients they oversee. For instance, the recent cultures from a septic patient’s wound comes back positive for MRSA and the physician changes their broad spectrum antibiotics to appropriate therapy based upon sensitivities.
- A pharmacist is able to scan medications and verify the proper drugs after comparing the drug with images available in the database, ensuring the right drug is dispensed.
- A physical therapist can see past sessions with a patient from previous recordings, overlaying their current range of motion, identifying changes as well as progression.
- Any healthcare professional could walk up to a patient’s bed and instantly see all their vitals such as pulse, BP, O2 Sats, etc.
Think outside the box. Utilize the themes of Network beats Hierarchy, Everyone a Node on a Network and see where your brainstorming goes. I bet pretty far.