October 31, 2014

Mumbai’s Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre will soon be bringing Google Glass to its emergency room.
BANGALORE: Mumbai’s Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre will soon be bringing Google Glass to its emergency room, that will allow its doctors to use the cutting-edge technology to access past medical records for quick response.Google Glass is a tiny computer mounted on eye glasses created by search engine giant Google.

The renovated hospital, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, will be the first in the country to use the search giant Google’s smart-eyewear in its everyday operations. The project is still in its pilot phase and will be deployed across the hospital within a month’s time, according to Mukesh Jain, CIO at the 345bed, multi-specialty hospital.

Doctors wearing Google Glass can access lab reports of a patient by just tapping on the device, and instead of scribbling notes; they can just talk to the Glass, which in turn will type in all the notes for them. The data can then be transferred to the hospital’s information system via ‘We Care’, an app provided by SAP.

“This remarkable app has the potential to bring patient care to new heights,” said Jain. “SAP has blended perfectly with We Care solution — smooth clinical workflow and the smartphone hands-free format of smart glasses — for the potential use of any physician anywhere.”

To start with, Reliance is looking at applying Google Glass in emergency care. When a patient is brought into the ER, doctors wearing Google Glass would be able to look up the patients’ past records, including x-rays, and collaborate with other departments.

“Usually, in the healthcare environment, it is only the patient who is stationary — everything else is mobile,” said Andy David, healthcare director, SAP APJ. “With the help of Google Glass, doctors can attend to multiple patients, engage with them and see almost twice as many patients during the rounds. Doctors can take accurate notes on Google Glass itself. The data is stored automatically and can be accessed when required.”

The ‘We Care’ application, designed by SAP India Labs, could soon turn into a product that will be available to hospitals worldwide. Google Glass costs $1,500 a piece. With increase in usage, its price is expected to drop.

In June this year, Dr Pavan Kumar, head of cardiac surgery at Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital used Google Glass to record a surgery. Nanavati Hospital is also working on an application that will let it use Google Glass for telemedicine.

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