Team explores using Google Glass for remote patient diagnosing
By: Pooja Jaeel
Famous for it’s action packed promo videos, Google Glass is now entering the hospital environment.
App developer John Rodley paid $1500 to get an advanced version of the Google Glass just so he can explore its potential in the fast-paced hospital environment.
His new app is called ArrtGlass (the RRT in the name stands for Rapid Response Team) and it is a way to strengthen communication and collaboration between providers in a hospital.
The app is designed to “[coordinate] care with people who might be in other locations on a campus or inside a big building,” says Rodley.
Rodley provides a hypothetical situation in which a nurse is in the room with a patient. The nurse can contact the doctor via ArrtGlass and remotely provide him or her with a first hand look at the patient. Additionally, the app is built to display data such as vital signs, patient IDs, and EKG information in an easy, accessible way.
Below is a sample display of patient data as seen on the ArrtGlass:
Due to the livestream nature of this technology, the doctor can also ask the patient or caregiver questions about their condition. With more information, providers can feel more comfortable diagnosing patients in a different physical location.
In a sense, ArrtGlass can represent a new stage in telemedicine. One obvious issue with this new technology is the operating costs of providing all medical providers with their own Glass apparatus. Another would be the potential hazards of providers working with multiple patients at the same time–one at their location, another through Glass. Rodley and his startup company Farlo are working to resolve issues such as these. They plan to have a pilot version of the app in the field as early as this year.