April 16, 2014
ATLANTA, GA–The Health IT Circle, a meet up group created by the MBDA Business Center-Atlanta, the Advanced Technological Development Center (ATDC) and Health@ei2, conducted their quarterly discussion Google Glass: How Innovation Will Impact Telehealth. Jason Russell, Google Glass Beta Tester, Vice President of Diverse Mobile and CEO of Black Men Run, demonstrated how Google Glass works and its potential in the telehealth market.
Google Glass, which was once exclusive to those handpicked through Google’s Glass Explorer Program, became available to the general public on April 14. Advertised by Google for $1,500 to anyone who wanted to purchase the wearable devise, has caused mixed reviews by the general public. With the capability to take a photo at the blink of an eye, to record video discretely and to speak swift commands have left many questioning its potential evasiveness and the violation of privacy. Although criticized, Google Glass has a diverse range of beneficial capabilities, particularly in healthcare.
While populations in rural areas often have a high dependency rate coupled with a lack of access to healthcare, Google Glass provides physicians with immediate real-time information on a patient’s condition and their response to treatment. Google Glass can also help surgeons to improve their response time and efficiency by allowing them to view x-rays, scroll through patient records, zoom in surgical procedures, monitor vital signs and consult with other specialists, hands free. Jason Russell discussed several opportunities that innovators could use to create mobility solutions for telehealth during the Health IT Circle.
Developers like Personal Neuro Devices, have already recognized the potential growth of the telehealth market. Introspect: the PND Wearable Environment, a neuro feedback application created for smartglasses, can monitor brain activity and relaying data to physicians to help diagnose and treat conditions like seizures, strokes and depression.
Naysayers may continue to object the use of wearable computers like Google Glass, but its cutting edge technology proves to be beneficial in healthcare.
The window of opportunity to purchase Google Glass through the Glass Explorer Program has closed, but those who remain interested can sign up here to keep updated on when they’ll be able to purchase smartglasses again.