A new project to assess to feasibility of using Google Glass to provide doctors with hands-free access to clinical information looks to have passed its first hurdle.
Now a joint Philips-Accenture study of the smart-glasses technology has outlined how doctors could simultaneously monitor a patient's vital signs and react to surgical procedural developments without having to turn away from the patient or procedure.
The partners say their 'proof of concept' project also opens up the possibility of doctors monitoring a patient's vital signs remotely or enlisting assistance from doctors in other locations.
Still not commercially available, or even fully tested, bringing Google Glass to the operating theatre suggests a number of exciting possibilities, particularly when apps come online for the wearable computer.
“We live in a world where being nimble is key and industry-altering ideas need to be converted to practical solutions that people can use,” said Michael Mancuso, CEO, patient care and clinical informatics at Philips Healthcare.
“This research explores how doctors can achieve better access to the right information at the right time so they can focus on more efficient and effective
The project saw Google Glass connected to Philips IntelliVue Solutions, which forms a key part of the technology firm's healthcare offering.