Google Glass in hospitals? Royal Philips, Accenture think so

Summary:Similar to the way Google Glass and your smartphone connect, Philips and Accenture linked the wearable device to Philips IntelliVue software to transfer patient data.

Royal Philips, which provides healthcare technologies, and Accenture have cooked up a proof of concept demonstration highlighting how physicians can use Google Glass to aid in surgery.

Similar to the way Google Glass and your smartphone connect, Philips and Accenture linked the wearable device to Philips IntelliVue software to transfer data. In this case, IntelliVue transferred patient vital signs to Google Glass. Surgeons would have continual access to patient data hands free.

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In theory, surgeons could also consult via Google Glass with colleagues on the fly.

Keep in mind that the proof of concept is only a demonstration and Google Glass isn't used in the field. However, the demonstration does highlight how there are plenty of enterprise uses for wearables.

The demonstration was created by researchers in Philips' Digital Accelerator Lab based in India and the Netherlands and Accenture Technology Labs.

Researchers will continue to explore connections between Philips IntelliVue and Google Glass aiming for real-time vital sign feeds, images, safety checklists, recovery room monitoring, collaboration and recording surgeries.

Here's the video of the demonstration.

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Topics: Collaboration, Google, Health

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