Google Glass Gives Remote Doctors A First-Hand View Of Patients’ Cases
Beam is an app that allows healthcare providers to live stream first-person video with a remote specialist.
Beam is a Google Glass app that lets healthcare providers share text, images, video, and location with others in the field. It also allows them to consult in real-time with specialists who are in a remote location by streaming first-person video feed.
Beam was developed by Noor Siddiqui and her sister Gina, a former med student at the University of Pennsylvania. Noor put her college education on hold for a Thiel Fellowship in 2012. They founded Remedy to work full-time on creating platforms that can help doctors collaborate using wearable devices, especially Google Glass.
Noor explained to Co.Exist that Beam is more useful than a Google Hangout connection because it is secure and easier to access. She gives the example of a burn victim visiting a clinic. Instead of calling the doctor, the doctor’s assistant can simply take images using Beam, which assigns the patient a case number. When the doctor logs in on his or her Beam “expert interface,” he or she will be able to see the cases under him or her along with all the images or videos attached.
In urgent scenarios, the assistant can also consult directly in real-time by live streaming first-person video. The doctor will be able to see the patient through the assistant’s eyes.
Doctors at Harvard University and The University of Pennsylvania have begun testing Beam late last month.