As Google is reported to be launching the Enterprise Edition of Google Glass targeting businesses, its advantages for doctors have been well documented, particularly in procedural tasks such as electronic health records (EHRs).
More Efficient Electronic Health Record Management
Third party software providers have been the ones who have significantly helped doctors and practices by creating customized software for Google Glass. Augmedix is one of the most popular of these. To date it has significantly helped physicians save time that would otherwise have been spent on manually entering data into electronic health records or retrieving them. To top it, Augmedix has also received over 99% rating for nationwide patient acceptance. In January 2015, the company received $16 million in Series A funding, which shows it is in good health and investors do have faith in the concept.
Documenting Medical Procedures
The benefits of Google Glass have also been realized in documenting medical or surgical procedures, but there is one particular field of surgery where the device has really shone – plastic surgery.
Stanford University’s surgeon Lorne K Rosenfield carried out the first ever plastic surgery procedure with Google Glass on October 29, 2013. It was a blepharoplasty procedure combined with a facelift. While this did bring out some of the shortcomings of the initial version of Glass such as the technical issues in streaming, the video camera’s low resolution, and the fact that the device had issues when the surgeon moved his head, its possibility for improving medical documentation and surgical training while improving patient safety was clear to see.
Made for the Operation Theatre
The Enterprise Edition (EE) of the device to be reportedly launched soon targets businesses, but the improvements it brings could certainly help medical documentation. The hands-free nature of the device which enables voice command and head position controls is a significant advantage, which makes it quite adapted to the operation theatre.
It has massive potential for demonstrating surgical procedures either live or recorded. Apart from training students and other surgeons, these videos could help in self-evaluation and in identifying areas to improve. The technology could also help make remote patient consultations a reality. It could enable surgeons to receive online assistance during surgical procedures.
As mentioned above, the potential of Google Glass in medical documentation, and thereby medical billing and coding is significant. It could make medical records easily accessible for doctors during consultations or procedures without the use of a computer or pen and paper.
With its capability to record procedures, the Glass could enable doctors and healthcare practices to make their website content more interactive. With many people turning to online resources for medical advice, medical websites could capitalize on this trend and use interactive material along with quality, relevant content and mobile optimization to seek medical SEO benefits.
Watching medical and surgical procedures on the mobile is quite unique and Google Glass can make it possible. Cosmetic surgery SEO has great potential since many of its surgical procedures are still a bit of novelty, and getting a first hand glimpse could fuel the interest for users.
Google Glass could really be a device for the healthcare industry. It’s a potential which Google itself would not have realized when it rolled out this icon of wearable technology.