Google Glass Passes IRB Muster, Assists in Cardiothoracic Surgeries

Scott Mace, November 26, 2013

Surgeons are justifiably excited by the possibilities of using Google Glass in the operating room. Despite Wi-Fi hurdles, privacy concerns, and speech recognition issues, this device will inevitably become another indispensable tool in healthcare.

Forget the new iPhone. The gift every healthcare technologist wants under his or her tree next month is Google Glass.

Suddenly, talk of Glass in healthcare is snowballing. It's the newest bright shiny object in tech, and we're hearing it could be a panacea for all that ails healthcare—unusable software, patients irritated by doctors glancing at their screens or iPhones, even infections spread by lack of handwashing and further spread by the vector of the keyboard.

Whoa. Not so fast.

Google Glass is undoubtedly a cool step forward in healthcare technology. For one thing, it's the latest marketing tool for the very modern hospital. Second, it's from Google – a company that has already changed the practice of medicine forever. Show me a physician who hasn't Googled something as part of their day's work, and I'll show you an out-of-touch physician.

Scott Mace

Scott Mace is the senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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