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Google Glass, iWatch and IBM Watson Revolutionizing The Practice of Medicine

People have been thinking about the potential ways Google Glass could be used in medicine and healthcare. Even though it will probably be bad for your eyes, early testers seemed to love using it and didn’t feel it would distract them from anything. A few examples how it could be used in the future:

  • Displaying the patient’s electronic medical records real-time.
  • Assisting the doctor in making the diagnosis with evidence-based and relevant information from the medical literature.
  • Recording every operation and procedure from the doctors perspective. Every movement of doctors will be archived and screened for potential mistakes. (I know it’s harsh.)
  • Based on the lab tests of the patient, it will give an estimated prognosis and suggest next steps in the treatment.
  • Live consultations with colleagues as they will be able to see what I see live.
  • It will guide users through all the steps during an emergency situation. It could save lives if used by laypeople.
  • It will suggest treatment plans based on the patient’s genomic data.


Hopefully, Google Glass will not be only a smartphone attached to our glasses:


Such mobile technologies will make a much more significant impact on the practice of medicine than any smartphone applications so far. Fujitsu’s Generation walking stick that features GPS technology to track and monitor users was a big hit at the recent Mobile World Congress, just to come up with one example.

But what about the company that could revolutionize the use of mobile phones in healthcare? Apple is working on iWatch, a smart watch that could be used for consultations, as a pager or even for displaying fresh lab test results from the patients. While it can be a hit as well, I’m pretty sure Google Glass will rule this market for some time.


Moreover, imagine all these technologies with IBM Watson being the brain behind them. It seems Watson will eventually fit on a smartphone and diagnose illness. If Watson could be used by Google Glass, iWatch or any other disruptive mobile technologies, even though medical professionals will have to go through the traditional educational systems, the revolution of the practice of medicine will be imminent.

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  1. Hi Dr.Meskó, I agree that Google Glass will no doubt have many beneficial uses. But with Googles propensity for tracking peoples private activeties, I worry that this will just be one more way for them to gather data that they have no right to. The technology is very interesting though.

    March 13, 2013
  2. I think this kind of tracking is inevitable. What do you think?

    March 13, 2013
  3. Dan #

    This is an example of how fast technology moves. These just were availed to us in beta testing and of course-they are already being viewed as potentially revolutionary tools. The tracking data is a serious concern but that is a general conversation. To put it plainly – these glasses and gadgets are COOL! When we were kids these were the in the movies and now we are seriously considering how patients can use the Google Glasses for viewing their EMRs!

    March 14, 2013
  4. BCG #

    This glasses will be a real innovation, but it’s only the hardware part of the (wonderful) medical tool you are describing. I hope that Google will include powerful detectors, since the next step is to develop a generic medical software, able to analyse the data recieved by the glasses, in order to give a diagnosis for instance. I think it will be a hard task, but in case of success the gain both for the patient and the physician is huge.

    March 18, 2013
  5. Janice Flahiff #

    Reblogged this on Health and Medical News and Resources.

    March 22, 2013
  6. Reblogged this on @ZGJR Blog and commented:
    Disruptive evolution of healthcare

    April 10, 2013

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