Drchrono’s new Glass app puts patients’ vital and clinical information right in front of healthcare providers’ eyes.
In the past year or two, the media has had a field day with Google Glass, criticizing the device for its inaccessibility, its high price point, and its sci-fi appearance. However, the wearable continues to gain traction in the medical and health care industries, thanks to its ability to live stream sessions and to project vital, hands-free information to doctors’ eyes. Just like its name suggests, the Glass app Beam lets healthcare providers “beam” and share first-person videos to a remote specialist, so that patients can receive consultations with multiple physicians at once. In addition, Philips and Accenture developed a proof-of-concept for delivering patient information to surgeons via Glass, a step that allows doctors to monitor patients’ vitals and access information without having to turn away from the surgery at hand.
Drchrono is a mobile electronic health record company geared towards physicians, and has recently expanded from an iPad-only offering to include Glass capabilities. While the tablet’s large screen offers providers the ability to display a large amount of medical data points, Glass enables users to see more without having to pick anything up or use their hands. Deemed the “first wearable health record,” Drchrono’s Glass app lets doctors record an appointment or surgery (with the patient’s permission), and automatically transfer the visual media and any notes to the patient’s electronic medical record or the cloud storage service Box.
When a patient arrives at the physician’s office, an alert pops up on Glass to let the doctor know of their arrival and offers them the chance to review the patient’s chart. Syncing directly with Drchrono’s electronic health records, the Glass app lets remote users like an assistant or a nurse watch the consultation and get a jump-start on filling out the appropriate forms. The provider can easily and wirelessly send the recorded information to the patient or another doctor.
With 60,000 physicians already using its medical record service, Drchrono has a large pool of users ready to try out their Glass app. It’s clear that wearable technologies like Glass are reshaping the medical and healthcare industries, helping doctors streamline their practice, become more mobile, and ultimately offer a higher level of care.