How Dignity Health Is Using Google Glass To Improve Clinical Efficiency

By: Guest Author | Posted on: Jul 24, 2017

This article was originally published on by Jeff Lagasse View the original article by clicking here.

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When Google Glass was first launched, it was targeted primarily to consumers, the idea being that they would be able to access the web within their line of vision utilizing what was billed as sleek and stylish technology. But it may have found new life in professional settings, including healthcare, where clinicians are using it to increase efficiency.

Dignity Health has been among the first to use Glass in clinical settings, and so far it’s been a boon. Dr. Davin Lundquist, vice president and chief medical information officer of Dignity Health of San Francisco, has been using the device for the past three-plus years, having pushed the health system’s innovation officer to adopt the technology due to its hands-free nature.

“(Google) sort of imagined it could be a smartphone-like device, and I had the opportunity to use one in that capacity,” said Lundquist. “It didn’t resonate with me. It wasn’t easy and intuitive to work with in terms of those consumer-like tasks. … But in the office Glass was great."

“In the medical profession, we’re used to using tools and other instruments as part of our trade,” he said. “It seemed to fit much better than in the consumer world.”

The newest and latest version of Glass has improved WiFi capability, the battery lasts longer, the resolution is better and according to Lundquist it’s more streamlined -- not markedly different, but certainly an evolution that has enhanced Dignity’s clinical capabilities.

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