Google Glass in ambulances helps doctors, paramedics

Google Glass technology may hold the key to bring doctors into the ambulance to enable a better diagnosis and better outcomes. Jean Enersen has more.

A simulated run aboard a critical care ambulance demonstrated how Google Glass could help paramedics and doctors.

Everything the paramedics saw in the back of the ambulance, a doctor was able to view on a tablet.

"In the past we picked up our cell phones to call them and tell them what's happening. Now we can send them real time, streaming video," said Michael Pieroni of Chicago's Medex.

To make it work, the ambulance became a high powered mobile hotspot.

"It saves time. It can help diagnose things faster. And in our business, minutes can be brain cells. It can be heart cells. Time is everything," Pieroni said.

The glasses also have the ability to project real time vital signs on the lens.

"While I can keep maintaining my contact with my patient, I can look in the corner of my eye seeing all the information of his vital signs without taking my eyes off of him….It's great," he said.

Out of the box Google Glass does not comply with HIPAA privacy laws, but a company out of Texas has now been able to customize the device for the medical profession.

Health experts say compared to the typical cost of medical equipment, this technology is a steal.


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