The Google Glass and its Application in the Healthcare Industry
Google is one of the most prominent tech giants in the modern world - headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley. We all know that Google developed the world’s most popular search engine - Chrome. However, Google is expanding its horizons to the ever-growing tech product market of the future.
To date, Google has released a range of successful tech products including smartphones (Google Pixel), wireless digital media players (Google Chromecast), and smart speakers (Google Home). In 2012, Google released the Google Glass, an optical smart-device which displays smartphone-like information in a hands-free format. Google had high expectations for this unique product. Unfortunately, it failed to gain commercial success because common consumers could not see the usefulness of this smart-glass in their everyday life, and affordability was an issue. Although the Google Glass is considered more or less a public bust, it could have a huge impact in the healthcare industry.
Augmedix, a new tech startup founded by Ian Shakil and Pelu Tran from Stanford University, is the largest Google Glass partner in the healthcare sector. These entrepreneurs envisioned how much the Google Glass could aid doctors in patient documentation if they wear them. They developed the Google Glass such that it streams live audio and visual information during an appointment to a highly qualified remote medical scribe in India, who then updates patient information - instead of the doctor - during the appointment itself.
Dr. Daryl Nounnan, an Urgent Care doctor at PAMF Santa Cruz, using the Google Glass with Augmedix technology.
Gumz, Jondi. Palo Alto Medical Foundation Doctors Save Time with Google Glass Startup, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 20 Apr. 2016, www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20160420/NEWS/160429986.
Augmedix reasoned that doctors will be able to spend more effective minutes with patients if they cut down documentation time - which takes up a significant portion of a doctor’s already hectic, unpredictable schedule. Sutter Health, a well-known healthcare network, decided to implement this idea at Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). PAMF doctors were very pleased with its efficiency and effectivity. Dr. Terri Nauenberg, the division head for primary care at PAMF had nothing but praise, saying, “It’s like having a scribe in the room with you,”. Before using the Google Glass, Dr. Nauenberg spent a third of her day documenting and recording patient information, but this is no longer required. Urgent Care doctors at PAMF claimed they were able to see at least one additional patient a day after they started using the Google Glass with Augmedix.
Time, above all, is the most valuable resource that doctors need. By using the Google Glass, doctors are saving countless hours a week, which in turn, leads to better patient care. Augmedix had a vision to improve healthcare technology and it is doing exactly that, due to the Google Glass technology.
Augmedix's website can be found at the following link: