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Google Glass in hospitals

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.

1. It’s not about video

Glass includes a built-in camera for capturing images and video, which raises concerns about patient privacy. But VIZR does not use video. In fact, the system comes with a cap that fits over the Glass lens. “This system is not like what other people are doing with Glass — pictures, video, telemedicine,” Dr. Kaufman said. “We are using Glass as a reminder tool for some of the things that are often neglected.”

VIZR provides evidence-based checklists and prompts through Glass’s optical display. Clinicians use voice commands to initiate the system, navigate through the different phases of trauma care and access specific lists and protocols. The system is time-based. At specified intervals, VIZR presents a new list of clinical and logistical priorities. Users receive alerts via chime tones transduced through the skull.

According to Dr. Kaufmann, time-based reminders help trauma team leaders maintain situational awareness. “It is not distracting at all,” he said. “The user is perfectly capable of either looking at the Glass display or not, just like you can either look at or not look at a vital signs monitor.”

To read the full article, visit Trauma Systems News.

Source: Trauma System News

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