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Want to see Google Glass at work in the hospital? Philips, Accenture offer a preview

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Want a sneak peak at what could be the future of wearable technology in medicine? In a video released Thursday, electronics giant Philips and Accenture offer a proof-of-concept demonstration showing how Google Glass could help surgeons on the floor of the emergency room and in the operating theater.

Since uber-early adopters starting wearing the smart eyewear about town this spring,  those in healthcare have been discussing its potential in their own field: Qualcomm (s QCOM) and California health system Palomar Health announced the creation of an incubator for exploring the applications of wearable computing in medicine. And developers across the country, like Rock Health graduate Augmedix and Washington, DC-based Silica Labs, have been working on applications for the new platform.

The video from Philips and Accenture gives a futuristic little window into what the experience could actually look like for doctors. For example, it shows a doctor checking a patient’s vital signs while en route to an appendectomy and then recording notes via voice command during surgery.

Just don’t expect to see Glass at the hospital the next time you check in. Dr. Anthony Jones, vice president and chief marketing officer of patient care and clinical informatics for Philips Healthcare, emphasized that there isn’t a timeline for making this technology commercially available. The company still has work to do consulting with hospital systems and clients to figure out the best ways to incorporate the technology into the workflows of doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers.

“Our purpose was to spark some imagination and show a very practical use for a new technology that I think a lot of people are still looking at as somewhat of a novelty,” he said.

Check out the video below:

2 Responses to “Want to see Google Glass at work in the hospital? Philips, Accenture offer a preview”

  1. Karen Tucker

    @kheussner or @gigaom Thanks for sharing this imformation. #GoogleGlass will definitely be used in future #healthcare settings. For example, a doctor or dentist would have the patients x-ray right in front of them while they are performing a procedure or operating on the patient. I would like to see my clients that have disabilities like MS use #Google Glass. I believe they would improve their quality of life dramatically.

  2. Steve Kuker

    This is really a great use of Glass technology, Glass is perfectly suited for the medical field where hands free use combined with a heads up display of vital information will aid doctors and other medical professionals to give the best care possible.