Google Glass Comes to Rhode Island ER

Google Glass Comes to Rhode Island ERGoogle Glass is on its way to the emergency room in Rhode Island.

According to the Providence Journal, Rhode Island Hospital’s emergency department will be the first to test Google Glass on medical conditions detected and treated in the ER.

Specifically, attending physicians will use Google Glass technology to stream live images of a patient’s medical condition “to a consulting specialist located elsewhere.”

If an ensuing six-month feasibility study is successful, project coordinator Dr. Paul Porter envisions an ambulance crew someday responding to a stroke victim, using the eyeglass technology to provide real-time video and audio to a neurologist back at the hospital who could then order a clot-busting, brain-saving drug immediately.

“That would be like the Holy Grail,” Porter tells the Journal. “But we’re just at the beginning; you have to start somewhere.”

As mHealthWatch has reported on numerous occasions since Google Glass was first unveiled, the promising wearable tech may represent a groundbreaking resource in emergency medical care.

“With its Android-based OS and visual cues, the Google Glass eye-wear has the potential to transform how doctors view emergency room dashboards,” said Dr. John D. Halamka in a report MHW published last summer.

And now, this spring, Google Glass will be deployed in earnest at a prominent Rhode Island hospital.

To date, the hospital has purchased two sets of Glass eyeglasses, tablets and software for approximately $2,400 each.

To see video of Google Glass in action at the hospital, check out the Province Journal article here.

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