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Can Your Glasses Save Lives?
For today only, the high-tech Google Glass is available to the American public. Google Glass allows you to browse the web, take pictures of your surroundings, and record videos. This may not sound all that exciting given the steep price tag of $1,500 for a pair of eye glasses, but others have found innovative ways to do much more with this cutting edge technology.

Mobility is essential for health care specialists who see patients in the hospital, and there are great software solutions that improve that mobility, i.e. mobile charge capture. So what does Google Glass have to do with mobile health care technologies that support physicians in the hospital environment?

CIO and health care blogger, Dr. John D. Halamka from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, recently announced on his blog that they have released details of their work with Wearable Intelligence, a software company that utilizes the Google Glass eyewear to assist physicians in the hospital with patient information retrieval and documentation.

Although not optimized for data entry, Google Glass has proven so far to be a good data retrieval device based on the pilot with ten Emergency Department physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The Wearable Intelligence software is said to "improve the safety, quality, and efficiency of patient care through the integration of wearable technology such as Google Glass in the hospital environment.”

Emergency Department physicians are procedure oriented and must stay engaged with their patients. Wearable Intelligence and Google Glass allows these hospital-based physicians to access clinical information, such as medications, existing conditions, and allergies, without disrupting their workflow to have to access a computer.

There are clear common threads to many of these innovative health care technologies: they are mobile, centralized hubs for quick information retrieval and provider communication, leading to increased efficiency and quality. Wearable Intelligence is a great example of how mobile technology can greatly improve physician workflow and patient care.

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Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO
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