Mountain View, CA– Experimentation with Google Glass in the operating room and with patients is moving forward, regardless of the obstacles. Among the concerns that are holding physicians and hospitals back are the price, the ability to seamlessly integrate EHRs, and privacy concerns. Despite these concerns, hospital integration testing is ongoing, and physicians are looking for new creative ways to implement Google Glass into their busy everyday lives.
It’s often difficult to see the potential in new technology until it hits the ground running and creates its potential.
So I ask, what if Google Glass becomes widely adopted? Not only could surgeons use it during operations, but emergency responders could use it to provide physicians with the necessary information they need to make immediate medical decisions.
All too often, when someone is rushed to the hospital, doctors get blindsided and need to take immediate action based on little-to-no information on a patient’s condition. Connecting physicians directly to emergency care providers would allow physicians to physically review the situation before a patient is rushed into the hospital. The ability to have a patient’s allergies and medical history before they even enter a hospital could make the difference between life and death.
Each minute a physician has throughout a day is valuable. No longer do they have time to print out patient summaries, updates, and task lists. The little time that they do have (about 8 minutes per patient) is becoming more cluttered with to-do items each day.
A new app called Listrunner could reduce the amount of paperwork a physician does each day, while also reducing miscommunication and medical errors that can occur during hand-offs. Listrunner provides a secure platform for physicians to communicate via the computer or mobile device of their choice.
Posted by: Zach Gerber