Will Google Glass revolutionize medical care?
PHOTO | OLE SPATA US blogger Robert Scoble presents the Google Glass on April 24, 2013 at the "NEXT Berlin" conference in Berlin. He filmed the three-hour procedure with Google Glass, which allowed students to follow the surgery from the doctor's perspective. Although the footage was a bit shaky, the first results were promising.
By holding an open contest, Google selected 8,000 "winners" who could buy the Glass for 1,500 U.S dollars. These winners have become an early group of beta users, helping Google work out the bugs before releasing the product more widely.The Radboud University Medical Centre in the Netherlands was one of the winners of the contest and the first health system to test Google Glass in Europe.
The hospital's innovation center wants to explore the benefits of the new technology, giving Google and Radboud an advantage in preparing the stage for an actual launch. "By exploring the possible added value for healthcare, we became a bit part of their marketing campaign.
Being at the forefront of new technology brings that as a side effect, doing scientific research on an independent level however, mitigates the possible biases that could come with that," director of the Radboud innovation center Lucien Engelen told Xinhua. But how exactly could Google Glass help the medical world? Specialists think the possibilities are endless.
Doctors and healthcare professionals could access data in real time by wearing their Google glasses. Or they could communicate with colleagues far away, while getting instant feedback to improve the efficiency and quality of patient care.
And also in the operation room, the glass might have potential.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily Nation