For healthcare, Google Glass still has it
- Helping specialists in ambulances to enable consultations while a patient is being transported to a hospital.
- Performing consultations in the ER to bring in specialists faster and expedite waiting times.
- Steaming video from the OR to the command center of a medical device company rather than have a device rep present with the surgeon.
- Using Glass to quickly communicate information rather than sending a page.
- Using Glass for telemedicine consults to alleviate the often-lengthy wait times for patients to see a dermatologist in person.
In a cited dermatology study at Brown's emergency department, about 90 percent of patients said they were satisfied with and would recommend the technology, according to Porter.
Almost all study patients had confidence in the equipment and would recommend it to other patients, he reported.
The caveat, however, was that nearly 75 percent of patients would have preferred a face-to-face visit rather than a telemedicine consult.
"If we're going to move to a cheaper and more accessible form of medicine, it's going to have the feeling of using a call center," Porter acknowledged.
Lunde encouraged those interested in starting a Glass pilot to do so as a way to get in tune with future technology trends.
"Screens will get smaller and more contextual and you will learn how to make that work," he said, noting that Glass' screen size requires that only the most important, relevant information be displayed.
"For us, Glass was both better and worse than the hype," Porter said. "The truth is somewhere in the middle. For certain specialties … where your hands need to be free and your eyes need to be covered, it shows great promise. It's part of what I consider part of a really bright future for telemedicine in general."