Google Glass Saves Life of Patient in Boston

Google’s wearable technology could turn out to be an integral part of medical care in the near future as the device has already been credited for saving the life of a patient in the United States. Doctors from Boston were wearing a beefed up version of Google Glass and were immediately able to access the files of a patient suffering a severe bleeding in brain last January when the clinical trials of the futuristic and internet connected visual aid were being conducted. At the Beth Israel Deaconess, a physician was able to use Google Glass for discovering that the patient had provided an incomplete history because of his serious condition.

The patient would have lost his life if the doctors would have administered the much-needed drugs according to the incomplete information that was provided. He had managed to inform the doctors that he had an allergy to the blood pressure drugs that were required for slowing down the bleeding in his brain. However, he had forgotten to let the doctors know that he was also on blood-thinning drugs, which could have proven to be deadly if applied in combination. The doctors were able to pull up the correct medical history and information of the patient by using Google Glass.

They had administered the correct dose of medication in this way and had managed to save him quickly by accessing records both on paper and on a computer screen elsewhere. It was the Boston Globe that had first reported the life-saving story and is also a part of the program concerned with Wearable Intelligence in Healthcare, in partnership with the maker of Glass. Specialized software can be found in Google Glass that has been designed for the sole use in medical care centers and hospitals. No access to search engines or social networks is provided by the device, which remains interconnected to the Wi-Fi of the hospital and physicians within the walls.

All doctors in the ER of Beth Israel Deaconess will be donning these innovative glasses, which hopefully will become as normal as putting on the hospital scrubs. Last week, Google Glass went on limited commercial sale within the US and is regarded as the next likely frontier in mobile technology. A small eyeglass can be found in the frame, which has a small screen over the right eye that will display everything that can be seen on the screen of a smartphone or even a computer.

Apart from the screen, the device also has a high-resolution camera that can be used for making videos of the patients when they come in for records and also for displaying real-time footage of the patients to the doctors and specialists that are not present at that time. Voice commands can be used for controlling the device and the company is hoping to retail it worldwide at a price tag of $1500. Pioneering the device in hospitals, Dr. Steven Horng said that the device is not just hands free, but can provide instant information as its in front of people at all times.