Saturday, October 12, 2013

Google Glass goes to the OR

Google Glass has the potential to transform healthcare. For example, Glass can be used in surgical training and remote consultation. This article describes how Dr. Grossmann used Glass to broadcast a Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy procedure via Google Glass and Google Hangout, without compromising patient confidentiality.  

Glass can also be used in public heath – For example, Dr. Assad has developed an app that can used to help perform CPR. The app helps to analyze the rate and adequacy of the compressions, try to find the nearest external defibrillator, and even contact 911 and the nearest hospital.

No doubt, we have the potential with the technology today to revolutionize health care. However, when designing such systems, taking into consideration the social, emotional, perceptual, and cognitive characteristics of users is key for creating a superior user experience and for improving patient outcomes.  

Photo Credit: Tedeytan, via Wikimedia Commons.

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