First Google Glass Equipped Surgery- A Look On The Future Of Glass With Medicine
Submitted by Katie Lewiz:
Now Google Glass is being hailed as the little miss tell-me-all/do-it-all. If it does not turn out to be a must have, you may at least see it as the most required tool in the medical field. Next to stethoscopes, I must say.
I can already visualize a surgeon live-streaming surgical procedures from the operation theatre to a class of medical students, or a surgical resident live-streaming what he or she is doing to a supervising physician using the Glass. If things progress this way, a lot more things would become easier. Plus, it can save space taken by all sophisticated machines and monitors.
Health Records To Surgeries
Dr. Rafael Grossmann, of Eastern Maine Medical Center, recently performed his first Google Glass equipped surgery. This incident is hailed as a major milestone that has opened another possibility of the much hyped Google glass. May be, it has changed the perception of the new device over night. It is no more a freaky, fancy, out of the blue concept. Experts believe that Google Glass can bring in positive changes or make many a things easier in the medical field.
Technical experts and gadget enthusiasts are reportedly pro Glass. Especially in the medical field, they say Google Glass is the future. Many health and medicine related apps compatible with Google Glass have already popped up and many of the like are still mushrooming up every day. They argue that Google Glass has the potential to cater to different types of medical practices.
Well, the things are becoming clearer. Also, app developers are now focusing on surgeons reportedly. And yes, they have reasons. May be medical practitioners can click a photo of wound or something like that and compare it with previous case studies. Things can work that way too.
Digital Health And Virtual Medicine
The eyewear would be more beneficial to physicians and surgeons who stand for hours together while performing a surgery or diagnosis. As compared to a normal person, who goes around the town, wearing this eye piece and making voice commands, professionals are more likely to be targeted at.
Experts working in this regard argue that why information should be pooled from different sources like from a variety of other specialists and screens during an emergency in the operation theatre. A Glass equipped system can help doctors make faster decisions.
Concepts like telemedicine, electronic health records and medical education are likely to be the areas which will get a boost because of the Glass. Under-resourced areas can get the help of Google Glass to get expert advice and feedback.
It can work wonders in the area of clinical documentation. It can act as a second source of opinion or reference library for diagnoses too.
Empowering The Patients Too
The situation in most over crowded clinic is that the patients have to leave confused, since the doctor would be saying something or scribbling down something after the diagnosis in a hurry berry. Just imagine the doctor taking the aid of the Google Glass in giving patients instructions. Things would change for better. It can also happen the other way round.
MedRef app is already making news. Developed by Lance Nanek, it is now the face of those kinds of apps in the similar line we can expect.
Also, both doctors and patients can keep alerts and reminders and then move around hands free. Especially, when the doctors are too busy and patients are in a very critical emergency situation.
Docs Love It??
Here is another instance - Reports say that a chondrocyte transplant operation was carried out using Google Glass to allow experts in the U.S. to live-consult the procedure in real-time. The whole procedure was streamed on the Internet. Pedro Guillen, who performed to surgery, said that he was comfortable wearing the glasses. Thus surgeons are also giving a clean chit.
Cardiologist Partho Sengupta, in a draft article for a top medical journal two years ago, discusses about the possibilities of wearable technology in medical field. But his opinion was edited out because of the reason that it was deemed too futuristic.
Traditional medical schools are the next area, which will be highly influenced by Project Glass. The new generation of medical aspirants is used to high end gadgets and hence, the medical education is likely to be revolutionized by the latest technological advancements, especial the wearable technology.
Academicians opine that the high tech training solutions and programs will make education more realist and potentially more effective, especially in a discipline like medicine. However for older generation of physicians, this concept would look alien.
Experts are optimistic about the giant leap going to happen in case of educational tools in this regard. Since more and more senior doctors have already been active on social media like Twitter, they would hopefully adapt to the new technology with time.
Way To Go
Well, imagine knows no boundary. Wearable technology is still in its infancy. Google Glass is slated for public release at the end of 2013. Waiting to watch the baby steps!
The article was written by Waseem Ashraf from Dothealth, an Informa business healthcare portal for healthcare professionals. Dothealth.com is the specialist online directory for the healthcare industry, listing companies, products and services of relevance to medical professionals and all those who want to source or sell products and services in the healthcare sector.