How Google Glass Can Deliver Vital Patient Data


Anesthesiologist Dr. Feinstein in an OR simulator lab tests viewing IntelliVue vital signs via Google Glass. (PRNewsFoto/Philips Healthcare)

Google Glass is more that a trendy gadget, used by geeks and marketers: it is innovation set to shape up the future. Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG AEX: PHIA) and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) revealed just how this amazing new gadget can be used to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of performing surgical procedures. A video demonstration shows just how Google Glass can be connected to Philips IntelliVue Solutions to transfer patient vital signs into Google Glass, potentially providing physicians with hands-free access to critical clinical information.

The video below, shows how a doctor wearing the display could simultaneously monitor a patient’s vital signs and react to surgical procedural developments without having to turn away from the patient or procedure. A physician could also monitor a patient’s vital signs remotely or enlist assistance from doctors in other locations.

Aside from giving doctors the possibility to operate in a hands-free environment, the Google Glass IntelliVue Solution also explores how a clinician can access patient information while on the go. Additional research may include accessing a near real-time feed of vital signs in Google Glass; calling up images and other patient data by clinicians from anywhere in the hospital; the ability to view the patient in the recovery room after surgery; conducting live, first-person point-of-view videoconferences with other surgeons or medical personnel; and recording surgeries from a first-person point-of-view for training purposes.


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