When one of Google’s big bosses Sergey Brin introduced Glass, the spectators and consumers in the world of technology got excited, but doubtful at the same time. Who would have thought that wearing a responsive computer like the way anyone would wear a pair of sun glasses is possible. But like any other technological innovations, it quickly became the subject to countless rounds of criticisms in every way possible.
Despite the hesitations and disapprovals, however, some organizations in different fields found good use to this avant-garde wearable device that will forever change the way a task is completed. Thus, the good use puts the fancy Glass in the productivity booster category big time.
You probably have heard of a firefighter developing an app for Google’s wearable display to help save lives, the DriveSafe app that can alert sleepy drivers to wake up, or the My Monitor app that can help you ace your job interview. All are great examples of supplementing Glass to good use. Now, the field of medicine is taking its turn in showcasing how Glass can be just the perfect wearable display the doctors need in order to perform some more correlated tasks while attending patients at the bedside.
Recently, doctors are testing Google Glass to get real-time patient data. By using this very handy face computer by Google, doctors can now have the luxury to easily recover and simultaneously check patient records while attending to their [patients] needs. This eliminates the time and hassle it takes the doctors to search through the records in a file cabinet or run through a bunch of browse-and-click on a computer. It even beats the tablets in data recovery speed. With Glass as part of the doctors’ routines, the hands are free to do some other tasks. Doctors can get to real-time information by a simple nod or blink to the Glass.
One of the places where we can see this happening is at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The BIDMC’s test with Google Glass revealed that the device is helpful in quickly getting the real-time data to the doctors. “We believe the ability to access and confirm clinical information at the bedside is one of the strongest features of Google Glass,” Dr. John Halamka, the center’s CIO, wrote. The findings also made him believe that “wearable computing will replace tablet-based computing for many clinicians who need their hands free and instant access to information.”
And while the doctors found a good purpose to using Glass, we can’t help but think of the patients’ reactions seeing doctors not just wearing them, but actually using them to get to their records. Dr. Halamka indicated no concerns from them, but curious about the state-of-the-art wearable device. “Boston is home to many techies and a few of patients asked detailed questions about the technology,” he said.
Dr. Halamka goes on to saying that the medical center will have more of it doctors test Google Glass.
Google Glass is admittedly a remarkable piece of innovation. However, its potential to solve problems, and make living life easy, depends greatly on the minds of its users. No device is ever great to a user who can’t think of ways to best use it.