Google Glass is a wearable, voice-controlled device that looks like a pair of spectacles and presents information directly in the user’s field of vision. It is transforming how wearable technology can improve healthcare delivery services. The healthcare applications of Google Glass are widespread and impactful.
Ways Google Glass is dramatically changing Healthcare:
Doctors generally spend hours every day on patient’s documentation and health records. Augmedix is a Google Glass application that offers a better way for doctors to enter and access significant patient information in real-time without using a computer. Doctors can maintain eye contact with the patient, while their discussions are securely recorded along with visual information. Moreover, the software also makes it simple for doctors to access patient information, and make searches using simple verbal requests.
The scope of Google Glass use in telemedicine is broad. It provides synchronous video discussions with doctors in remote areas. Moreover, with Google Glass, doctors at rural hospitals can refer to specialists situated anywhere in the world to provide the best service to their patients. Procedures can be remotely managed, recorded, and implanted in patient records for future reference.
Surgeons can use the CrowdOptics software for Google Glass to train residents on surgical procedures. Open interactions between doctors and residents are important as a part of training, and for improvement of procedures. Moreover, using CrowdOptics software, surgeons can watch the progress of residents and provide them visual feedback.
Google Glass allows doctors to review emergency treatment and operating procedures, for training and self-assessment. Moreover, it helps increase accuracy for future procedures as well as reduces the possibility of mistakes. Additionally, glass based recordings can be provided as teaching tools for resident students, and as a means of studying best practices for procedures.
Interactions between medical staff and patients are important. Doctors and patients can have uninterrupted communications during office visits. Additionally, follow-ups can involve more efficient remote video conferencing, rather than onsite visits.
Glucose Sensing Smart Lenses
Novartis in partnership with Google at Alcon in Fort Worth, Texas is working on Glucose Sensing smart lenses that would help you to monitor the insulin level in the body. Such technology will help diabetics as it’ll use non-invasive methods to monitor the insulin level in the body.
Furthermore, Alcon and Google are working on accommodative lens technology. The technology will allow for corrective vision in presbyopia patients. Additionally, the technology would monitor the light that enters the eye to either correct near field or further field vision.
Doctor’s are immensely helped with record management using Google glass. Record keeping takes almost 25% of the Doctor’s time. Additionally, the wearable head gear easily allows patient record access and patient record entry through verbal cues. Moreover, in current studies, Google Glass has shown to save 15 to 17 hours of the Doctor’s record management time.
Improving the Patient’s Experience
Patient satisfaction is important for all doctors and hospitals. With Google Glass, patients can get the best of care from home, and specialists can be called remotely by doctors anywhere in the world to deliver the best patient experience. The use of this device will provide better care and outcomes, with fewer office visits and reduced costs.