|Use of Google Glasses for a medical provider||jschmitz||7/4/12 7:22 AM|
I am a Physician Assistant working in primary care. As someone once told me, medicine is very, very broad. We might see a patient with a complaint or using a drug for an infection, for trauma, for a congenital / genetic problem, for debility, ... There is a lot to keep in mind.
Eventually, you learn enough to get by. But, when new, you need to look stuff up. Look up differential diagnoses (what diseases a set of symptoms suggests), characteristics of diseases, characteristics of drugs, ... If you use a computer or book in the examining room, it interrupts your conversation or physical examination with the patient and your assessment of affect, truthfulness, etc. If you leave the room to look things up, it interrupts the flow even more.
I believe the Google Glasses would be a great adjunct for a general practitioner.
If possible, I would love to test and provide feedback on such a product. It seems to me they could integrate reference materials (differential diagnoses, disease characteristics, drug characteristics, ...) as well as basic electronic medical records (EMR) and even the ancillary tasks that medical office computers provide like the patient record, billing, referrals and prescription authorization.