Checking Vitals

Anesthesiologist can keep their eyes on patients while also viewing vital signs on IntelliVue and Google Glass.

Glass For Hospitals 101

Dr. David Feinstein learns how to use Google Glass to monitor vital signs.

More Surgery Help

Surgeons can view vital signs on Google Glass.

How Surgeons Might Use Google Glass

Do you want your surgeon wearing Google Glass? A new proof-of-concept experiment pops patients' vital signs onto Glass in near real time.

Both Google and surgeons have been up front about their desire to get Google Glass into the operating room. Giving medical professionals vital signs and real-time medical information directly on a pop-up screen during surgery has obvious potential for changing the way hospitals operate—and now we're seeing one of the first attempts to bring Glass into the OR.

Philips and Accenture announced today they successfully pulled off a proof-of-concept of Google Glass as a surgical tool. In an experiment at Philips Digital Accelerator Lab, anesthesiologists in a simulated operating room had patients' vital signs ported in real time to a custom app on their Glass headsets. The photographs above show clinicians trying out Glass in the simulated operating room.

"We live in a world where being nimble is key and industry-altering ideas need to be converted to practical solutions that people can use," Michael Mancuso, CEO of Patient Care and Clinical Informatics at Philips Healthcare, said in a statement. "This research explores how doctors can achieve better access to the right information at the right time so they can focus on more efficient and effective patient care. It's a first step in researching how existing technologies can be applied to improve the quality of life of patients."

[Image courtesy of Philips/Accenture]

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  • Stephen diFilipo

    Let me know when the first malpractice case that involves Google Glass is filed. This will be interesting to follow. There are aspects of Glass ecosystem that make it not conducive to this application. That may change but in it's current iteration I suspect the risk managers, compliance officers and legal counsel may have something to say.   

  • Guest

    Clearly you have no clue on the medical regulations and healthcare industry.