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.