Google Glass Passes IRB Muster, Assists in Cardiothoracic Surgeries

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media , November 26, 2013

Speech Recognition Needs Work
Lastly, Theodore was asked what was tops on his wish list for improvements.

"From our initial pilots what I would say is that the speech recognition element of the Google Glass as it stands is extraordinarily rudimentary," he says. "With all due respect of course to the amazing work that's been done, one could certainly imagine a far more robust speech recognition system that allows a clinician really to interface much more with the content of the Glass.

"I imagine that it's going to come down the line and we have coders at UCSF who are helping us develop that at present, but I'd say, improving speech recognition would help."

Whichever way it plays out, it seems that devices like Google Glass will inevitably become another indispensable tool in healthcare. Theodore noted that doctors already use head-worn lenses for image magnification, and that Google Glass is "not too big a leap" from that.

I predict it won't be that long before the use of Google Glass in medicine will no longer be news.

Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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7 comments on "Google Glass Passes IRB Muster, Assists in Cardiothoracic Surgeries"

Frank Poggio (12/3/2013 at 8:40 PM)
Mr. Kottners comment is interesting, but seems to relate to a teaching situation. Seems to me unless GG is less expensive than a video cam with Inet transmission, where's the real savings? I am sure it's cool to wear a camera on your head...but the ROI?

NHtraumadoc (12/3/2013 at 3:15 PM)
The solution you use of scrubbing patient ID off of images that are being used real-time for patient care is a dangerous one. We must always know that we are looking at the correct patient's data when we use it for patient care. It would be impossible to know whose xray is being displayed if it is anonymous. That should be a concern of the IRB if it hasn't been addressed.

Christian Assad Kottner (12/2/2013 at 5:53 PM)
I was recently involved in a procedure in which we were transmitting a PFO closure with an amplatzer device with Google glass. The telementor was an expert in the subject and he gave us priceless adgice. In addition this was the first time the procedure was being performed in the university. His advice proved to be extremely useful




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