Physicians and surgeons are going to flock to Google Glass. That's my bold prediction and I'm sticking to it.
I mean come on, just look at the impact the i-Pad has had on healthcare facilities across the country - sorry world. Now one of the main reasons Google Glass is going to make a strong impact, is because of it gives surgeons access to patient information and apps, at the benefit of freeing up the physician's hands.
It's a common sense selling point, that I missed when I demo-ed the technology about a year ago. But what brought this fact into focus was a recent interview I did with Cara Liebert, a general surgery resident and surgical education fellow at the Goodman Surgical Simulation Center at Stanford Hospital. Liebert was also part of a study that used Google Glass to monitor patients' vital signs.
During the interview, Liebert mentioned that "for a surgeon it means that [Google Glass] can be used when you're scrubbed in a sterile procedure and your heads are occupied during the operation." A light bulb went off, it was a genuine aha moment. And it brought me back to concerns about properly sterilizing an i-Pad or an electronic tablet when in the operating room. Google Glass could have the potential to substantially cut down or reduce the rate of possible infection.
Pretty soon, in probably the next five years or so, nearly every physician is going to be wearing this stylish eye wear.