Google Glass system proves valuable in operating room

A Google Glass headmounted display system has been successfully demonstrated to help surgeons with a number of clinical applications, including monitoring a patients' vital signs thorughout a surgical procedure without turning away, reports The Engineer.

The demonstration, which was carried out in a simulation lab at a Boston hospital, showed that the system could be used to provide clinicians with hands-free access to critical clinical information during surgery, and can also enable doctors to remotely monitor a patient's vital signs or call for assistance from physicians in other locations.

Philips developed the concept system in collaboration with services company Accenture, and engineers at Philips' newly created digital accelerator laboratory linked the Google device to Philips' Intellivue patient monitoring technology. Future areas of research include using the system to call up images and other patient data from anywhere in the hospital, and recording surgery from a first-person point-of-view for training purposes. Article