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]