Slide 26-27: Google Glass Surgery, Emergency, Med Ed, Assistive Tech, Patient Experience, Palliative Care

(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.)


This slide is not based on a quantitative analysis. However, I ‘ve tweeted over 2000 tweets with the #GoogleGlass hashtag, and most of those were related to medical and health application for Glass. So I have a good idea, at least relative to tweets about Glass, what’s being discussed a lot. The column on the left is m y list of most tweeted about applications for Glass. The column on the right is my list of personal favorite areas.

Relative to surgery, the hands-free, not have to break sterile field aspect, aspect of Glass is especially attractive. There’s been a steady stream of tweets about the first this or first that use of Glass during surgery while streaming video, sometimes to another expert, sometimes to students, sometimes even live youtube video.

Glass for early responders is a favorite too. Whether you’re an EMR in the back of an ambulance or a nurse first to bed side when a specialist is five minutes away the idea if distributed synchronized team situational aware is a really popular vision of the future.

Again, in education, I remember how long you had to wait to just to get a glimpse of that beating heart and the proceeding fix. Now student will almost literally be able to see through the eyes of the most expert surgeon. My favorite app, though, I’ve not seen, but sure must exist in the sparkle of someone’s eye, is just-in-time learning and memorizing in all those interstitial moments that are otherwise unproductive. I had to memorize about 20,000 new terms the first year of medical school. A large reading vocabulary is only about 50,000 max. I’d have loved a omnipresent flashcard app to help me memorize all that stuff.

The next three are my person favorite areas. There’s assistive tech, using Glass to compensate for visual, hearing and other disabilities. There’s patient experience, both using Glass to collect data on what its like to be a patient and use that to improve that experience. As well as giving Glass to patients to help them navigate hospitals, stay in touch, are review educational material, both by video or perhaps even interactively.

Finally, I’ve a real personal favorite. I think Glass might be use to comfort and help the weak and bed ridden, through control of home automation, communication to loved ones, and least effort-based review of photos and videos from their life.

Any, if you search for “google glass” and surgery, all the first pictures are of Dr. Grossman, who documented the first use of Glass during surgery. He even made it onto the Drudge Report hope page!


So, if you search for “google glass” and surgery, all the first pictures are of Dr. Grossman, who conducted the first use of Glass during surgery.

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