With the use of wearable technologies, a revolution in area of medicine has began. Wearables and what they have to offer, keep upgrading many aspects of medicine. In this paper, written by Aungst and Lewis, the authors get into details about the revolution in medicine and especially with the use of Google Glass.
The authors start the paper by explaining what Google glass is.
What is Google Glass?
It is a wearable computer that it is worn like a pair of glasses. It has a camera, which sees whatever the user sees, microphone and small heads up display. Because the user can record anything within view without others’ notice or permission, Glass has created a big discussion regarding its use and privacy.
Despite all the security issues that Google Glass has, the possible information and knowledge that it can provide are a major positive, and Google Glass’ use will play a vital role in many significant breakthroughs in medicine.
In the following paragraphs, the authors discussed some of the potential applications of wearable technology in different areas. Some of them are:
Is one of the most exciting applications of Google Glass. Due to its ability to present first-person perspectives, students will have the chance to demonstrate medical techniques that most times would only be seen from a third person view by lecturers or videos.
Surgery and medical interventions
Google Glass started getting a significant attention after its use in surgical procedures, with the first live broadcast operation carried out in 2014 to over 13,000 trainees and students in more 115 countries.
Patient interaction and consultations
Alongside all the improvements that the Glass can provide to the healthcare field, it is also able to improve patient interaction and communication by allowing community clinics in remote areas to communicate with an expert to get their medical opinion regarding some difficult situations.
Workﬂow, documentation and operations
Wearables can also integrate with the daily workflow of communication and documentation.
The next session focuses on the limitations of Google Glass in practice. According to the paper, one of the main issues of Glass and other mobile technologies is that the battery life does not last more than a few hours. Also, there are many concerns related to the hardware, particularly the image quality and screen resolution. The other big concern is the patient’s privacy since wearables like Glass can record, document and share patient’s health information.
In conclusion, the authors talk about the future exploration of wearables in medicine. They support that the medical community is ready for the use of wearables and medical education and healthcare will be significantly improved only if the future devices will have an improved battery life, tackle the issue of security and protect patient data.
By reading the paper it is easily visible that the authors went into great lengths to prove and support their thoughts. This can be seen from the great use of examples they used. The paper is well structured since the authors first explain, give examples and they focus on the most important points of each part.
Aungst, T., & Lewis, T., (2015). ‘Potential uses of wearable technology in medicine: lessons learnt from Google Glass’,
Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ijcp.12688/epdf