DR. GOOGLE GLASS: FIRST EVER SURGERY CONDUCTED BY A DOCTOR WEARING GOOGLE GLASS

By Ashley Collman

Another milestone in the history of Google Glass was made Thursday when Dr. Rafael Grossmann used the device to record a surgery he was performing. Grossmann, who is in the Google Explorer program and one of the few to already have glass, wrote about the surgery on his personal blog.

He believed that the platform had great potential for use in healthcare, specifically surgery where it could allow for better intra-operative consultations, mentoring, and education.

 
Landmark: On Thursday, Dr. Rafael Grossmann made history by performing the first surgery while wearing and using Google Glass

Landmark: On Thursday, Dr. Rafael Grossmann made history by performing the first surgery while wearing and using Google Glass

 

 
Keep it simple: Grossmann chose an uncomplicated feeding tube procedure for his first surgery using Glass

Keep it simple: Grossmann chose an uncomplicated feeding tube procedure for his first surgery using Glass

For his first surgery with Google Glass, Grossmann chose a simple procedure, inserting a feeding tube, so that his full focus could be on the patient and not on glass.

He streamed the surgery via a Google Hang-Out. What was recorded through his Google Glass lens during the surgery was output on an iPad just a few yards away – but, he says, it could have been thousands of miles away.

  Grossmann’s main concern with using Glass was concealing patient health information. To do this, he made sure to get consent from the patient and to make sure that no recording or transmission of identifying information was done.

Overall, the surgery was a success and the addition of Google Glass, positive.

‘The entire procedure was unremarkable and Google Glass was unobtrusive and second nature,’ he told Forbes.

And it won’t be his last surgery either.

‘The role of Glass as a surgical and a teaching tool is tremendous. And this is only the beginning. New applications – some we can’t even imagine yet – will help[ transform surgery and the surgical experience.’

 
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