Hospital Pulls Patient’s Medical History With Google Glass

A hospital in Bangalore pulls patients’ medical history with Google Glass. The Economic Times reports patients entering the emergency room of Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai are greeted by a doctor wearing a Google Glass who would already know patients’ entire medical history, allowing the treatment to begin within minutes.

The project is still in its pilot phase and will be deployed hospital-wide within a month. The app created by SAP called “We Care” connects the Google Glass with the hospital information system, and all data recorded by the Glass has the capacity to be automatically stored in the system. Doctors may also retrieve various patient reports by simply tapping on the gadget. Rather than writing notes on paper, they speak into the Glass which will type the notes for them.

Reliance wants to start using Google Glass in emergency care. When the patient is seen by the trauma doctor, who would be first to attend to the patient, they would access the patient’s past records and collaborate with other departments, just as when the patient is brought in, using Google Glass.

The centrally stored data in the hospital’s information system includes, X-ray images and radiology reports from the past.

Andy David, Health Care Director, SAP APJ says, “With the help of the Google Glass, doctors can attend to multiple patients, engage with them and see almost twice as many patients during the rounds.”

The We Care application was designed completely in India by SAP India Labs, and it could soon be available to hospitals worldwide. The Glass costs $1,500 each, but the same app also works on mobile devices and tablets to make it more cost-efficient.

Last June, Dr. Pavan Kumar, head of cardiac surgery at Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital, recorded a surgery using his Google Glass. Further, that same hospital is currently working on an application for Google Glass to be used in telemedicine.

SAP Labs India is also collaboration with other smart glass manufacturers like New York-based Vuzix to design applications for various industry verticals.

The Huffington Post reports that the Glass has already been implemented in various medical settings in the United States. The MexEx Ambulance Service has partnered with Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago on a Google Glass implementation for their ambulance fleet.

The use of the Glass allows EMTs and paramedics to stream images and video from the field to doctors awaiting in the emergency room to view the trauma prior to arrival. From there, the doctors at the hospital can offer advice, diagnosis and treatment options to the paramedic team, who may then provide advice, diagnosis and treatment options back to the EMTs.

The Inquisitr reported back in March that professionals in Seattle, Washington were investigating ways the gadget could be used in the operating room, as well as in the emergency room, to quickly retrieve patient medical information.

The Economic Times reports that Google Glass is expected to come down in price significantly as its usage increases. And, although it was initially viewed as a “creepy gadget,” its applications are growing across diverse enterprises. The benefits of Google Glass in the medical field are numerous, including consolidating and quickly pulling patient medical history, which improve efficiency, as well as quality of care.

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