Many healthcare leaders have their doubts about Google Glass. Does it violate patient privacy? Will it increase physician distractions? Most important for trauma professionals, does Google Glass have a role to play during a fast paced trauma activation?
Recently, members of the trauma team at Forbes Hospital, a Level II trauma center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, began using Google Glass loaded with a software application designed specifically for trauma care. The application is called the Visual Information Zonal Reminder (VIZR) system, and it was created by trauma surgeon Alex Guerrero, MD.
Christoph Kaufmann, MD, is the trauma medical director at Forbes and an enthusiastic Glass explorer. He and other trauma team members began using the Glass system in December. So far, it has played a role in approximately 200 trauma activations. Dr. Kaufmann recently discussed his team’s experience with VIZR and why he thinks wearable technology is the future of trauma care.