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Google Glass untis at the hospital were modified to read QR codes

While a lot of bars and eateries want to ban Google Glass from the premises over fears of privacy violations, Google's wearable is being investigated to help save lives at hospitals. And to prove its viability in the read world, Dr. Steven Horng started a pilot program using Google Glass at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center last year.
Horng believed that Glass could help save lives by offering access to the patient's medical records in a method that was easier for the doctor to search and access. In at least one case, the benefits of Glass in the hospital setting have been proven.

Dr. Steven Horng with his modified Google Glass [Image Source: Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe]
Dr. Horng used the Glass to access the records of a person he was treating that had bleeding in the brain. Using Glass, he opened the patient's charts and found that the man was allergic to two of the blood pressure medicines that are commonly used to treat brain hemorrhage of that type. Rather than taking time and waiting on treatment to search files manually, the charts were accessed on the Glass headset and the correct meds given.
“We’re doing this to prove that the technology can work and really motivate others to explore this space with us,” said Horng, who helped pioneer the use of Google Glass at the hospital.
At Horng's hospital, patient rooms have QR codes on doorways that link to that person's medical records. That gives access to the patient charts right away when the doctor walks in. Hospital officials say that the Glass used in the facility were modified by another firm to read QR codes and that the medical records aren’t shared with Google.

Source: Boston Globe

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Ummm, so?
By puter_geek_00 on 4/9/14, Rating: 0
RE: Ummm, so?
By jtemplin on 4/9/2014 11:12:01 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds like the guy was dying on the table and the Dr. had no time to do anything NOT hands-free. Its not explained properly in this article... So he's saying the glass saved this guys life because his hands were free to work on his patient but he could still access the critical information, not because its better than "any decent EMR software".

And what is also not explained is that this is a modified Glass to meet patient privacy requirements. Runs a custom android build and won't work without a connection to the hospital's Wi-Fi. (appears to look different too--its red!)

How many doctor's will transform into creepers just because technology made it easier?
Probably very few.

If the gyno wants to be a creeper he can already put hidden cameras in the examination room, for example. Are you claiming that this tech will convert non-creepers into creepers? In any case I think this will be most useful in surgery and emergency rooms--not the gyno or plastic surgeon.

RE: Ummm, so?
By chripuck on 4/9/2014 11:15:44 AM , Rating: 2
Ummm, there are already pictures taken during breast enhancement preparation.

You can make certain actions illegal without making the technology illegal.

RE: Ummm, so?
By kattanna on 4/9/2014 11:37:30 AM , Rating: 2
How many gynecologists will be using this. "Glass, take a picture."

LOL.. go stand out on a busy street corner for a few minutes and LOOK at all the women that walk by.. now how many would you WANT to see naked on a table in front of you?

RE: Ummm, so?
By idiot77 on 4/9/2014 11:57:53 AM , Rating: 1
Unlike essentially every other poser, I mean, poster here, I'm actually a provider.

There is no such thing as a good EMR. The least craptastic one is Epic. Even it has many minor issues.

But that is because programmers have no clue how the world works, barring none.

Waiting for the down votes. (Not that I care or even look anymore.)

RE: Ummm, so?
By deltaend on 4/11/2014 8:35:47 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. I've worked with many and Epic seems the only EMR that is designed for any/all medical uses and can be tailored for your environment. Specific EMR's can be better (i.e. ones for physical therapists vs an EMR for an entire hospital) but on the whole Epic seems to be the most versatile and easy to use. That being said, your IT department, your deployment, and the protocols designed for your hospital to enter data into Epic can really slow you down or screw it up. This comes down to many pieces of the pie all working together to make something work well (or horribly). Many times, the people put in charge of "making it work" are not qualified to be doing it in the first place.

RE: Ummm, so?
By TheSev on 4/9/2014 12:20:19 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds to me like you don't quite have any idea how little time doctors have to prioritize treatments in emergency situations.

Also, I find it amusing how you think doctors that already stare into vaginas all day will bother to take 'personal use' pictures on hospital equipment.

Glad to see Google Glass is getting some positive press. I think the tech has interesting potential, people will always fear what they don't understand.

RE: Ummm, so?
By atechfan on 4/9/2014 4:18:57 PM , Rating: 2
Generally, unless it is labiaplasty, anyone going to a vagina doc is doing so because there is a problem there. How many pics of diseased or old and worn out vaginas would you want?

It's got possibilities...
By MzMO on 4/9/2014 9:47:24 PM , Rating: 2
There are alot of people in Emergency medicine excited about this. Here's one application: running a cardiac arrest/trauma code/pediatric critical care.

There are alot of medications and fluids needed to be given that you need to know the doses or amounts of, and in addition many are weight based. You can't leave the patients bedside to look this up, and its not really very good to whip out your smart phone or a calculator at the same time you are for example putting a tube in someone's chest.

So if they could make an app that just flashed drug doses and fluid calculations in a HUD for use in critical situations, that would be a nice thing to have right there.

And if labs could pop up as they arrived, that would be a huge help too.

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