An anesthesiologist arrives in an operating room and takes his patient’s vital stats — body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure.
Nothing out of the ordinary. But imagine if that was all done via Google Glass.
Philips and Accenture teamed up to create a proof of concept, which is demonstrated in the video above. It shows how a doctor can obtain vital patient data using Glass.
The benefits of such a system would provide a surgeon with improved mobility, enabling an increased focus on the patient, according to Philips. It could also be used for accessing a pre-surgery safety checklist, conducting first-person video conferences with other medical personnel and recording surgeries for training purposes.
“This research explores how doctors can achieve better access to the right information at the right time so they can focus on more efficient and effective patient care,” Michael Mancuso, CEO of Philips Healthcare’s Patient Care and Clinical Informatics, said in a statement. “It’s a first step in researching how existing technologies can be applied to improve the quality of life of patients.”
The real-time data comes from Philips’ Intellivue patient monitors, and the proof-of-concept connection with Google Glass was created by researchers from Philips’ Digital Accelerator Lab and Accenture Technology Labs.
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