Smart glasses hold promise in the surgery room

The advent of smart glasses, such as Google Glass, and other wearable technologies in the surgical theater holds big promise, writes surgeon Pierre Theodore in a commentary in The New York Times.

Acknowledging smart glasses are still a nascent technology requiring greater development and research to meet the unique demands of hospital use, Theodore says he is enthusiastic about what's to come.

"The promise of hands-free access to content and open communication lines to allow improved patient care are big reasons for excitement and continued exploration," he writes.

The surgeon, who works at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, says smart glasses, in particular, may offer amazing benefits to surgeons and physicians because they provide quick access to data.

"Properly designed and implemented, head-mounted technologies can aid surgeons access multiple data sources for planning and performance of intricate procedures," writes Theodore. Commentary