By: Peyman Mahdavian, PharmD Candidate 2015
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By virtue of nature, we are always looking for methods to simplify our lives. Whether this means to create an easier means to complete a daunting task or simply avoiding the task all together. This is the primary reason why many of us feel too overworked or too busy to allocate time to exercise. One of the most common misconceptions people have toward exercising is the amount of time it requires to complete a workout. Recent studies have shown that intensity is more important that duration. Even an intense 15-minute workout can improve health, physique, and cognitive abilities. With the right guidance, an app can show and walk you through intense workouts that can get you shape without costing you much time. However, it is essential that you are using the right app to help you achieve your workout potential. Many apps that are currently on the market do not help you achieve your goals because they are filled with frivolous and meticulous steps that can help steer you off track. By following this chart, you can find the fitness app that is most suitable for your needs. It has been well documented that increased exercise can improve the risk of cardiovascular disease, however, recently, studies have shown the reduction in various cancers. There is substantial evidence that exercise is associated with the reduction in specific cancers such as colon and breast. Several other studies have also shown an association in reduction of risk in receiving cancers such as lung, endometrial, and prostate.
By: Peyman Mahdavian, PharmD Candidate 2015
What exactly is the Google Glass? Essentially it is a smart phone, functioning as a hands-free, eyeglasses device. It has a small glass block with a screen that sits above the user’s right eye. To the user, the screen appears to be a 25 inch high-definition screen, about 8 feet away. By voice command, it can Google search, take pictures, record videos, find directions, and e-mail messages. Google originally unveiled their “Project Glass,” on April 4, 2012. TIME magazine actually named Google Glass one of the top inventions, out of 26, on October 31, 2012. Some issues have been brought up, such as privacy issues. Google glass was slowly being made available to certain developers on April 16, 2013. Streaming surgery live was made possible by Dr. Rafael Grossmann, on June 21, 2013. Then on August 27, 2013, the first United States surgery was transmitted live via Google Glass. Google Glass saved a patient’s life on April 9, 2014. Then, for one day, Google Glass went on sale for one day on April 15, 2014. This is when Dr. Sam was able to purchase his very own Google Glass, and he and I were able to learn how to use it.
As with every product, there come praises and criticisms. So far, there have been praises in the health care community. Being able to stream a live surgery as Dr. Rafael Grossmann, MD, FACS said, “The role of Glass as a surgical and teaching tool is tremendous.” Dr. Christopher Kaeding, who performed and streamed an ACL surgery live, said, “To be honest, once we got into the surgery, I often forgot the device was there. It just seemed to fit very intuitive and fit seamlessly.” Dr. Steven Horng launched a pilot program at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center and was able to save a life by pulling up a patient’s medical records right away by his Google glass. Some criticisms that have been brought up are that it is not quite user friendly. As mentioned in a previous blog, Dr. Sam had to make a Google appointment in order to figure out some basic functions. Some developers were disappointed by the limitations of the Google Glass. Battery life is said to be about 5 hours, however, based on personal experience, the battery life actually only lasts for about an hour and a half, at its best. Not to mention, the Google Glass overheating easily. Recording videos for more than 10 minutes may lead to the Glass overheating and actually showing the message, “Glass must cool down to run smoothly.” There are also privacy issues that some people are concerned about, such as recording people without their knowledge.
However, there are some great apps that Google Glass has, such as cooking apps, new apps, music apps, and of course, Facebook. The cooking apps could possible be utilized to show recipes for compounding, for future pharmacy uses. Some other health care uses could be to provide quick access to patients’ charts, vital stats, doctors’ notes, and any other medical information a health care provider may need. For example, an EMT wearing Glass may use voice commands to snap photos of patient’s injuries, dictate notes, and then send it to the ER they are going to. Using Google Glass for patient counseling may also be a possibility. Recordings of the patient counseling session are possible, and with a simple command, could be e-mailed to the patient. This is helpful, because the patient may forget the main points of the consultation. With the videos, this can increase understanding of consultations and lead to better medication compliance overall!
As a general conclusion, Google Glass does have opportunities to improve. More apps must be developed in order to make Google Glass increasingly functional. Hopefully, in the near future, it can be applied more to the health care setting and improve patients’ quality of life.
For more information, examples of patient counseling videos, and references, please see the attached presentation below.
Posted by: Katherine Tang, PharmD Candidate 2015
We would like to thank Dr. Valerie Wren from the College of Optometry for attending the presentation and adding her expertise on Google Glass from an optometrist's point of view.
Google Glass went on sale to the public for one day on April 15, 2014. Prior to that, only select developers were invited to try Google Glass. The product is still in the beta stage of development and needs additional apps and refinement. I purchased Google Glass to see if there were potential pharmacy applications for the product in practice, education and research. My rotation student, Katie Tang, will be experimenting with ways to use Google Glass in in practice and will give her end of rotation presentation on Google Glass on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Jeff Malet filmed the unboxing of my Google Glass and prepared a press release. I received one on one training on Google Glass at Google's office in San Francisco pictured below.