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This week’s innovations include Google Glass in the operating room and an app that lets the infirm crowdsource tasks. Innovative stories from the world of wellness.

Each week PSFK.com with its partner Boehringer Ingelheim brings you a snapshot of five innovative ideas that are reshaping the health care industry. This week’s innovations include Google Glass in the operating room and an app that lets the infirm crowdsource tasks. Be sure to check out Boehringer Ingelheim’s Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages to stay on top of all things health.

Google Glass Enters The Operating Room

Dr. Selene Parekh is an orthopedic surgeon at Duke Medical Center who has been using Google Glass since last year as an aid in the operating room. He now uses it to record and archive all of his surgeries at Duke, and soon he will use it to stream live feeds of his operations to hospitals in India as a way to train and educate orthopedic surgeons there. At Duke and other hospitals, a growing number of surgeons are using Google Glass to stream their operations online, float medical images in their field of view, and hold video consultations with colleagues as they operate. The hands-free device allows for greater multitasking in the operating room, as well as streaming video which can be used as a learning tool for students.

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