Last September, emergency physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston began testing a new technology that may forever change the way they deliver patient care. It weighs less than a pound, instantly retrieves critical patient data and clinical information, and takes pictures and records videos that other physicians can see in real time.
Google Glass made its debut last year and is already in the hands of emergency physicians at Beth Israel, Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The wearable technology is a touch- or voice-activated computer featuring an optical face-mounted display. Emergency physicians believe the device can serve as an effective diagnostic, decision-support, and patient-tracking tool, but just like with any new technology, they say it needs to evolve to reach its full potential.