Can Google Glass Get Any HIPAA?

Lena J. Weiner, for HealthLeaders Media , April 30, 2014

Other precautions taken have included altering Glass so that it only connect to the internet when inside of the hospital or adding an auto-erase feature for data. As Glass is built on the Android platform, it's fairly easy for anyone with knowledge of Android's API to modify it.

Many organizations also ask that their staff not use their hospital-issued Google Glass outside the organization. "[Google Glass is] a lot of fun. I use it to answer my phone, read and respond to some email, get directions. But not the hospital version, though—I keep that locked up," says Porter.

The consensus among early adopters is that once HIPAA compliance and other security concerns are resolved, Google Glass is poised to become a familiar tool in healthcare, simply due to its relatively low cost and convenience. "I think wearable technology has immense potential," says Landman. "We can look forward to it improving provider efficiency, patient safety, and clinical outcomes."

Lena Weiner is an Associate Editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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