For weeks, I have been thinking of ways to apply Glass to my daily routine of taking care of patients.I’m a surgeon and depending on the day, I can be in one of many areas, from the clinic, to the OR, from the ICU to the ED or the Trauma Bay;taking care of patients during rounds or teaching third or fourth year medical students.
The idea of having a device that allows me to instantly and effortlessly look up a concept or an image, take a picture or record a video
(and share it, if I choose to do so) or connect with someone by live video (thru a “Hang Out”) is a bit mind-blowing.
I imagine performing an operation and connecting live with group of students or surgeons, anywhere, doing a live “Hang Out”, letting them virtually “BE” in the OR with me, SEEING what I’m seeing, pointing to anatomic structures and different steps of the procedure, THRU my eyes…I envision the possibilities in distance MedEd, taking surgeons thru a complicated procedure, or one that they might not be so familiar with (surgical missions without leaving the country!).
The potential for remote presence medicine, TELEMEDICINE, is also amazingly exciting. I could be “video-connected” with a physician who needs my advice, and then even see and listen to the patient him/herself. I could advice a child’s parent and give them reassurance, while looking at their eyes…All these without having to go to a tele-station, hold a device in front of me or be limited by “where and when” I am. What I see and what I hear thru Glass, ONLY I can see and hear (the image is right in front of the users right eye, and audio happens via bone conductivity, so it is not audible to anyone else but the Glass user)