On April 23, 2014, the Boston medical community came together at the Boston Google headquarters to learn about the possibilities of wearables and Google Glass. Everyone was buzzing – What is Google Glass? What’s special about it? What does it even do? Can we use it in hospitals?
At the time of the event, Google Glass pilots had been live for some time. The biggest inspiration for the audience was the potential that Glass offered for physicians to actually unshackle from their work stations – a very real possibility for the near future.
In preparation for his keynote and demonstration at the upcoming Pri-Med East Conference, which will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on September 11-14, we thought we’d catch up with Dr. Karandeep Singh. He presented his vision of the future of primary care last April, expressing a passion for helping doctors find freedom and joy in their clinics through Glass.
Dr. Singh is a Nephrology Fellow at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and a Biomedical Informatics graduate student at Harvard Medical School. He’s also the leader of BWH’s first Google Glass application. Like many doctors, Dr. Singh has expressed frustration about the functionality of today’s Electronic Health Records (EHRs):
The current EHR is designed such that the physician, nurse, and patient all work around it. When a physician steps out of one patient room and enters the next, the traditional EHR doesn’t follow behind. A wearable EHR creates the possibility of a new workflow in which the EHR is an extension of the physician.
Dr. Singh tells us he wants to “reevaluate and redesign the EHR to help clinicians deliver patient-centered care.” The current EHR is designed so that patients and physicians must work around it. EHRs demand information about immunizations and smoking habits, when all a patient really needs is a blood pressure medication refill. EHRs require mammoth monitor screens that sit between doctors and patients. Today’s EHRs even give red flags to correct unknown errors before printing a prescription to give to a patient. Dr. Singh says he envisions a “wearable EHR,” one that is built around the physician’s workflow and needs. This is where Google Glass comes in.
What does this “wearable EHR” look like? Dr. Singh says it will be able to do four time-saving and novel tasks:
What will Dr. Singh be demonstrating at the Pri-Med Conference on Saturday, September 13? Watch his demonstration at the Boston Google headquarters for a sneak peak.
Join Stephanie Shine, RN; Dr. Jennifer Joe; Dr. Karandeep Singh; Don Schwartz; Dr. Tristan Gorrindo; and Carlos Rodarte at Pri-Med’s East Conference for a panel on the power of Google Glass in healthcare, September 13th at noon. Register here under “Ticketed Events, Saturday”.
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