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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.

  • <p>Anesthesiologist can keep their eyes on patients while also viewing vital signs on IntelliVue and Google Glass.</p>
  • <p>Dr. David Feinstein learns how to use Google Glass to monitor vital signs.</p>
  • <p>Surgeons can view vital signs on Google Glass.</p>
  • 01 /03 | Checking Vitals

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

  • 02 /03 | Glass For Hospitals 101

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

  • 03 /03 | More Surgery Help

    Surgeons can view vital signs on Google Glass.

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."

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Philips / Accenture; 02 / Philips / Accenture; 03 / Philips / Accenture;

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