Some health and tech experts are planning to bring Google Glass to the operating room in a bid to find ways to use the technology in more practical applications. This idea doesn't seem farfetched as Philips plans to develop the said technology into a medical tool. The company dominates the patient-monitor market and is always in search of the next big innovation in health care.
Philips experimented with Google Glass in their laboratory and found out that:
Google Glass can potentially help doctors in monitoring blood pressure, heart rate, blood pressure and other vital signs.
Anthony Jones, chief marketing officer of Patient Care and Clinical Informatics at Philips Healthcare, confirms this, "Does it work? Yes."
The Dutch tech giant teamed up with consulting firm, Accenture, to put together a demonstration on the potential uses of Google Glass in health care, specifically in surgery. They worked with doctors from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to create a concept video that shows how vital signs can be monitored using the technology. Anesthesiologist David Feinstein wore Google Glass in the operating room.
Using Google Glass to wirelessly monitor vital signs is potentially beneficial as this can improve doctor's mobility and focus on the patient. Its uses might also extend to medical trainings and pre-surgery practices.
Michael Mancuso, CEO of Philips Healthcare's Patient Care and Clinical Informatics, said in a statement: "This research explores how doctors can achieve better access to the right information at the right time so they can focus on more efficient and effective patient care."
The concept is still in its infancy, but this is another indication that if tech and medicine work together, people feel the benefits as concretely as they should. Perhaps, this is a catalyst for critics to start seeing Google Glass in another light--when it's under the operating room lights.