What’s possible with Google Glass in medicine and how it could be the difference between life and death for patients as the next new tool in teletrauma.
It was the story heard ‘round the world; when Dr. Rafael Grossmann became the first surgeon to use Google Glass in the operating room this past June, allowing a group of medical students to virtually view the procedure through his experienced eyes remotely and in real time. It was a monumental moment for medicine, no doubt. But Grossmann, who is a self-proclaimed telehealthpioneer, says that day was only the beginning of what’s possible with the latest gadget.
Forget the spectacles of yester years. Google’s modern-day eyewear isn’t about correcting your vision but capturing it through the hands-free camera that snaps photos and shoots videos via voice-enabled commands. The device also features a small screen for the user to view and access materials on the Internet. Although, it’s not yet available to the open market, Glass is already getting praise for its virtual view; the camera is at eye level, allowing remote onlookers to see and experience the world much in the way of the user who dons them.
So far, Google Glass Explorers trying the device on for size have documented everything from a game of catch with a pleasant pooch to jumping out of an airplane. Other impressive sights captured via the device include a hot air balloon ride and a pilot flying an airplane. Beyond those great heights, however, it’s Grossmann who has taken the first leap into medicine with the device. For him, it wasn’t much of a jump; more like a natural next step for the surgeon, who is now leading the trend in what is becoming known as teletrauma.