Slide 14-15: Google Glass Dashboards, Documentation, Decisions, “Drugs” and (To)Dos

(Take me to the beginning of these slides, from my Society for Health Systems Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference presentation on Google Glass and health IT workflow, immediately before HIMSS14. Text accompanying slides is colloquial because it was transcribed from audio recording.)


John Halamka wrote one of the earlier blog posts about likely uses of Google Glass in a hospital environment. He listed five areas. He was very specific, which was great. However, I noticed that five areas coherently flowed together in a kind of patient care workflow. So I generalized from his specific examples and realized each area could be described by word or phrase starting with the letter D. So that’s where this slide comes from.

The rest of the genesis of this mnemonic came from thinking about the potential relationship between Glass and the EHR. One start up estimates as many as 25 percent of tasks can be offloaded to Glass. So I also think of this as the five Ds of EHR/Glass workflow interaction. It’s just a convenient mnemonic, and it is NOT exhaustive. It’s intended to stimulate conversation.

The five Ds of Google Glass patient encounter workflow are Dashboards, Documentation, Decisions, “Drugs” and (To)Dos. The scare quotes around drugs and parentheses around “To) are a bit of a cheat necessary to achieve the mnemonic. “Drugs” is not just about administering medications, but administering any treatment that needs to be prompted, documents, and made sure done right. To-Dos are alerts and reminders.


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