Google Glass in the Operating Room: Would you trust it?


Although Google Glass is still in its infancy, it has not stopped some from contemplating new and exciting uses for Google Glass. Take your local emergency room or ambulance for example of a place that may be adopting Google’s new head mounted technology.

Thanks to a company known as Pristine, Google Glass adoption in the medical field may be one more step closer to being a reality with their two new glass-centric mobile applications, EyeSight (pun intended) and Pristine CheckLists.

EyeSight was designed for both healthcare professionals as well as first responders in the field to stream video back to a specialist for real-time collaboration and consultations. It is impossible for a single healthcare worker to know everything so the ability to consult with a subject matter expert may mean the difference between life and death. The subject matter expert would use either a computer, iOS or Android device to watch the glass owner and respond in real-time.


CheckLists was designed to allow nurses, doctors and other staff coordinate patient care by providing them with a list of instructions for each patient. The application is voice driven and will also ensure compliance with hospital documentation requirements.

The applications are currently being tested at the University of California, Irvine and initial reports show that the technology is very promising. Both applications are expected to launch alongside of Google’s official Glass release expected in 2014.

“We have ER doctors and OR doctors beaming video to nurses for consults whenever they like,” said founder and CEO Kyle Samani onstage today. He continued that tablet and phone competitors lead to a “clunky” patient-professional experience. Surgeons have already been doing telerobotic surgery and using Google+ Hangouts. “You don’t get a tactile feel, but we provide the best experience for remote surgery.

To be completely honest, Google Glass simply makes sense as it allows wearers to control the units with simple voice commands rather than touching. This makes glass A LOT more hygienic than tablets, smartphones and even paper charts. As Glass’s camera was designed to show your line of sight, video can be streamed hands free.

What are your thoughts on Glass finding its way into the medical field?