Google Glass in hospitals? Royal Philips, Accenture think so

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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  • Check out the latest Star Trek movie sickbay scene

    In one scene they show the latest sickbay monitor. It looks like a 70-80" UHD video screen with all the vital signs, blood flow, etc. That combined with voice recognition is far more likely. The entire surgical team can see the monitor from more than 10 feet away and specifics could be emphasized with something like, "Computer -- hilite femoral artery blood flow."
    • It'll be both

      While the Trek envisioned wall telemetry unit is glorious a bigger problem is getting information to physicians when and where they need it. After all, physicians are largely mobile individuals, wall telemetry units are not. Getting critical information they need to have is often much more time consuming that it needs to be.

      Real life example from Radiology: Patient has a pneumothorax (an air leak from the lung often life threatening) identified on chest x-ray that needs immediate intervention. The radiologist put out a call to his support staff to get the surgeon on the phone, the supoort staff contacts the surgeons office, the surgeons office put out a page to the surgeon, and maybe a second page, and maybe a third. The office waits minutes, maybe a hour, they do not know the surgeon is tied up in a critical part of a surgery, the surgeon does not know the critical nature of the call because the support staff really does not understand. Maybe he calls back soon, maybe the radiologist get nervous and demands a page be put out by the office to "any available surgeon" in that doctors group. A different surgeon is reached, he/she does not have the patient information but understands the radiologist would not put out such a call unless the clock was ticking on someones life. He/she now has to find the patient, find the chart, and go in having never seen this person before.

      This really happens, and many variations of it, EVERY day in medicine. Do you see how, with something like a wearable communication device, many unnecesary steps to the above process could be skipped entirely?
    • P.S.

      And you need look no further than medical malpractice to see where modern medicine is most deficient. The BIG area of medical malpractice is "misdiagnosis" and this stems from two areas: 1) failure to order the appropriate test to make the correct diagnosis and the bigger area 2) failure to act on available test information in a timely manner to avoid serious harm. Number two is almost entirely a communication area, the doctor did not have the already available information he/she needed to make a timely diagnosis and permanent harm resulted. In medicine, this can happen in hours or days, in the ICU minutes, in surgery/anesthesia it can happen is SECONDS.