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Is Google Glass the new frontier in health innovation?

Google Glass Exploration Edition. Photo credit: Wikipedia.org

Google Glass Exploration Edition. Photo credit: Wikipedia.org

Have you been fortunate enough to experience Google glass? I have yet to see Google Glass in person. It’s not Google glasses, it is singular, glass. It seems that Google has done to glass what Steve Jobs did with Apple.

Apple, of course, is in step with Google as a competitor, with iGlass. It’s true, Google iGlass. I can only hope that Apple brings iGlass in at a lower price point. At $1500 for Google glass, it could be a while before most of us actually own it. That’s just my opinion. When you want something bad enough, you will find a way to get it.

Google Glass is a computer mounted above the right eye. It contains a microphone and bluetooth capabilities. Image credit: Antonio Zugaldia as seen in Medical News Today, January 2014.

Google Glass is a computer mounted above the right eye. It contains a microphone and bluetooth capabilities. Image credit: Antonio Zugaldia as seen in Medical News Today, January 2014.

Google glass responds to voice recognition. If you were wearing the device now, you might say “ok glass, take a picture” and it’s done. Record videos hands free on command. Ask for directions while driving, walking, anywhere. Google glass not only does things; video, pictures, directions, it also knows a vast amount of knowledge. I’m going to guess that Google Glass is more intelligent than Siri. Nothing against Siri, I like her very much. Although, my feelings may change with the tech.

Aside from the entertainment value and instant gratification that we all have come to depend on with technology, Google Glass is said to be the future of healthcare. To date, the Google Glass dance card shows two debuts in surgical procedures to overwhelming reviews.

I hope Google Glass finds its way into hospitals everywhere. No longer will the surgeon need to take eyes off you during surgery to look up or down, or turn their heads, Google Glass saves the day.

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Boston Blue Button Innovation Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MIT H@cking Medicine is PSYCHED to announce our collaboration with the White House Innovation Fellows, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, and Tufts MedStart surrounding the first Boston Blue Button Innovation Challenge! The event is Friday, January 17th to Sunday, January 19th at Tufts Medical School. There will also be a Blue Button developer workshop on MIT’s campus in Building E-62 on Friday afternoon.

John Halamka, CIO of BIDMC and nationally recognized expert in HIT.

John Halamka, CIO of BIDMC and nationally recognized expert in HIT.

We are thrilled to announce that John Halamka, CIO of BIDMC and nationally-recognized expert in HIT, will be keynote speaking at the event!

Blue Button is an international movement to engage patients in their health through access to their health data in both human and machine-readable formats. This fall, all providers using MU2 certified technology will be able to support patients viewing, downloading, and transmitting their clinical data to a consumer endpoint, like a personal health record, or provider through Blue Button + Direct.

This code-a-thon is an opportunity for providers, patients, and the developers of consumer facing technology to come together to learn about Blue Button, identify high priority use cases, and build exciting new products that are ready to receive Blue Button data. We hope this event will foster collaborations that exist long after the codeathon ends. The ONC recently sponsored a successful codeathon on device data and health financial data in San Francisco, and we are excited to work with a new community in Boston!

The event will focus on use cases that take advantage of patient clinical data liberated through Blue Button + Direct, a technology available in all Meaningful Use certified technology starting winter 2014. The event will open with patients and providers sharing their highest priority Blue Button use cases, which will guide development over the weekend, and judging criteria. Example ideas may include but are not limited to:

•    Co-designed applications that can improve communication between the health care provider and the patient. (i.e. care plans and notes that both the patient and physician can contribute to)
•    Simplifying medical jargon, content, and diagnoses for patients. (i.e. consumer friendly definitions of clinical terms)
•    Clinical health information visualizations. (i.e. interactive lab results)
•    Population trend analysis. (i.e. seasonal, location specific tracking of symptoms at an aggregate level)
•    Patient record matching to clinical trials.

Check out more information on the event’s website. Apply here!

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