Google Glass Enters Med School

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The Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Glass has a wide variety of potential applications, including in the medical field. Doctors who got early access to the device have used it to get real-time patient data. Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston used it to access the hospital’s software. Surgeon Rafael Grossman used the Google Glass during surgery in the operating room, where he thought it had teaching potential for new doctors. Three Harvard hospitals tested a Google Glass App called Remedy. Now it is being introduced to some future doctors, medical students at UC, Irvine, who will get to use device in their studies at the California medical school.

“Medical education has always been very visual and very demonstrative, and Glass has enormous potential to positively impact the way we can educate physicians in real time,” said Dr. Warren Wiechmann, UC Irvine’s assistant clinical professor of emergency medicine and associate dean of instructional technologies, told CNET. “Indeed, all of medicine is based on ‘seeing,’ not ‘reading,’ the patient.”

At UC, Irvine the Google Glass will be used in classes for the first and second year students. Third and fourth year students will get to field-test them in their medical rotations, something some doctors already use the device in.

Indeed, as Google Glass has already made its way into medical applications, the fact that it has now found its way into a med school is not surprising. Google has encouraged this integration of its device into the medical field. After all, medicine has gone a high tech route along with the rest of society.

Hospitals and health organizations put out apps for patients to download. Cameras and robotic technology have made its way into the surgery wing and other areas of the hospital. Like the rest of the world, technology is working its way into how doctors, nurses, and other medical staff treat and heal patients. Wearable technology is especially attractive to medical staff.

The advantage of Google Glass, though, is that doctors can access this technology without using their hands or reaching for a device. They can simply nod or blink to bring up the information they need while with a patent. It saves time compared to bringing up a patent’s file on a tablet or running to an office to get a paper copy of a patient’s health records. In medicine, time can mean the difference between life and death, so they’re eager to embrace anything that speeds up the process so they can spend as much time as possible on the patient instead of the papers.

As many things change in medicine, one facet has not. While technology is useful, it only remains useful as it helps doctors improve medicine and produce better patient outcomes. They hope to do that with Google Glass and other devices.

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