It’s been a few weeks since I was selected to be a Google Glass Explorer and ever since my brain has been humming with thoughts and ideas on how nurses could utilize the technology. How could nurses improve the care they deliver? How could HIPAA be a non-issue
I was Selected as a Google Glass Explorer
A short time ago Google announced that it would be invited a select few to have the opportunity to purchase the Google Glass technology much early then the general population. 8,000 have been selected to become a #GlassExplorer and will have the opportunity to purchase Google Glass at $1500, provided they can travel to New York City, Sacramento, or Los Angeles to pick them up and receive to googlerific training.
Google wanted to choose different people who would use the technology in a variety of ways.
Here’s the tweet from me that caught Google’s eye.
If you haven’t already heard of Google Glass you have to check out this video
It’s an amazing new technology that augments reality and keeps you from looking down at your phone constantly. You can take pictures, record video, video call, share messages and status update, Google what you are looking at, find the weather, and navigate urban areas, just to name a few of it’s capabilities.
.To say I’m excited, is an understatement. I’ve always said that if I could sew my iPhone to the back of my hand to have it on me at all times, I would. This is even better. It’s like mobile computing to the next level and I an honored to be invited to be a pioneer in owning this technology.
A year ago when I had my brain tumor I have very lucid dreams/hallucinations for about a week solid. One of the dreams involved my hospital stay, except instead of having a brain tumor removed, was being hospitalized to insert nanobots into my brain. The hospitalization was merely a cover-up so they could complete the procedure. The nanobots would basically turn to into a cyborg and allow me to be connected to the web at all times. I knew it was absolutely a hallucination, but it was still an incredibly cool dream to have. Who knew a year later that this weird, narcotic induced lucid dream would become a reality.
I know that healthcare could benefit immensely from this sort of technology. Imagine the benefits to physicians in accessing information and documenting care. If nurses could dictate their care, record their assessments in a video, and take pictures of the wounds they dress, there would be far more time to care for patients. Although the technology isn’t quite there yet, Google Glass will make it closer than ever. In a few years, a hospital near you may have Google Glass-equipped nurses on the cutting edge of technology. I’d really love to see this in my lifetime.
- What are your thoughts on Google Glass?
- Do you think that technology like this will ever be adopted in patient care?
What Can Google Glass Do for Healthcare?
One of the biggest ways that a nurse could benefit from Google Glass is easy to access to information. Without having to take her hands off a patient or excuse herself from a procedure a nurse can easily locate health information. Need the interactions for a medication, ask Google Glass and it will instantly appear on your screen for your eyes only.
Imagine if every nurse in the hospital had Google Glass and it was integrated into the call-light system. If your hands are gloved and dirty it’s not a good idea to answer that phone on your hip. But if you glad Google Glass you could easily answer and complete the conversation. You could also receive text updates via the screen.
What About HIPAA?
There is always a concern of HIPAA when new technology is introduced into patient care. If Google Glass is personal devices then there is an obvious reason for concern. This can be eliminated if they are owned by the healthcare organization and are encrypted on the hospital network. Initially, the device would likely work best for information purposes. Later EMR documentation could be integrated so long as there was a perfected way to make sure that patient information went to the correct location.
As technology improves and becomes increasingly more available, healthcare is going to have to step up to the plate. In the not-to-distant-future, technologies such as Google Glass won’t be an oddity at the bedside, but rather the expectation.
- What are your thoughts on Google Glass?
- Do you think it can help to improve healthcare?
- How would you use Google Glass if you had it?
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