United States physicians have had the advantages of Google Glass for the past year. Glass just recently was released for use in the U.K.
Kathi Browne of BrowneKnows, a well known social media moderator on Health Care Talk had the opportunity to discuss the promise of Google Glass for users and developers in the U.K. In this Google Hangout several medical developers discuss their use and plans for Google Glass.
Now that Google Glass has been made available to the UK, we are seeing many new Glass explorers stepping forward in is interested in developing healthcare Glassware. If you have an idea you wish someone would develop for Glass, share it. For those of you who wish to become Glass Explorers,
While Google Glass is not yet HIPAA compliant there are developer plans to make it so. Currently Glass users must receive permission from patients if it is used for them. The potential for use of Glass in Healthcare is enormous, more than I want to cover in this post, and will be listed elsewhere (as of September 30, 2014.
The current iteration of google glass has some limitations for medical use. It currently has not been cleared as a 'biomedical device', requiring specific adminstrative consent for use in a health facility, for reasons of legal liability. It is a small and powerful computer, generating much heat and was designed for very short bursts of information rather that a continuous use video recorder.
If you are a physician, surgeon or a google glass developer, we would like to hear from you, for either a post or a Google Hangout Conference.