Thursday, June 12, 2014

Glass To Get HIPAA Compliance, Surgery Ready!

If you are a practicing physician, it woul be hard to miss all the changes due to EHR adoption, and Health Information Exchanges.

The HIT space is also being invaded by other applications and consumer hardware/software platforms easily adapted to medical practice.  Some innovator surgeons and medical physicians also have taken available platforms and adapting them to patient care.  HIPAA has prepared the innovators for security and privacy of patient medical information.

Google has many apps that can be used in a medical environment.

Google glass has been used by  some surgeons to teach and/or get consultations in real time.

Google Glass has been of interest to the healthcare industry for a while, and while performing surgery with Glass is nothing new, complying with HIPAA standards while doing it is. Video streaming software company CrowdOptic has teamed up with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to produce streaming software that lets surgeons share their live recording with others off site. But now they are looking to include a feature to that software that allows for HIPAA compliance.

The video shown here illustrates several real-time uses for google glass.  These are actual real-time uses for google glass. The system offers an effective user friendly interface of both video and audio communication 

Just five or less  years ago this would have been science fiction, or featured as a futuristic view of medical care.  How quickly things advance.  By the time many of these advances become published or well known...another new wave of innovation occurs.

We’ve heard of the uses of Glass within the hospital before, and the team at Beth Israel is part of a specific pilot program that uses heavily modified Google Glass units to help with scenarios like this one. The Google Glass units that the hospital uses for this program are tweaked by a company called Wearable Intelligence, which removes the stock Google Glass software from devices and puts a reworked version of the Android OS on the units. The software is completely locked down so the only use applications for Glass here is for Hospital purposes only. This is just one of the many different instances where Google Glass is being used in the workplace, and is part of the Glass at Work program that Google is driving heavily forward.

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