Google Now plans to answer the questions we haven’t even asked yet. It it works, it will be a crucial platform in medicine and healthcare by facilitating the workflow of doctors and the way patients search for information.
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Joshua Schwimmer, the most famous kidney doctor and blogger, had an interview with the Google team about using Google Book Search in medical education:
Yesterday, Google co-founder Sergey Brin announced the launch of Project Glass which should be commercially available in 2013 for $1500.
Brin noted that Project Glass is what Google believes could be the next form factor of computing. As it stands now, many of us are willingly beholden to our smartphones with all the web browsing, twittering, pathing, instagramming and whatever else consuming most of our time. Human interaction has all but faded away. The fact that people play the “stacking game” is comical and cute but a sign of how infatuated we are with technology. Glass has the potential to buck that trend by “keeping people in the moment,” said Steve Lee, Product Manager for Glass. Brin also mentioned that Glass shouldn’t be used to fill idle time or to browse the web and that your phone or tablet perfectly fits those needs.
Let’s imagine in what areas it could help in medicine and healthcare.
- Immediate cross check regarding medical decisions (drug interactions, checklists): when a doctor makes a decision, he/she could look up and see the potential problems through the glasses.
- Live operations recorded from the surgeon’s point of view.
- Immediate consultation with other doctors worldwide.
- Better time management through the constant suggestions and tips through the glasses
What about your ideas?
This video has been circulating in many of my social media networks in the past couple of days. It shows how glasses could include augmented reality and Google’s online services mashed up:
Imagine this in the OR when doctors can “see through” patients by mixing the picture they see and radiology images. Then imagine adding additional information and accessing those through eye movements.
A medical professional (just like an e-patient) has to be proficient at searching online. I’ve been telling my students that they have to keep practicing. One of the ways to do so is a Chrome extension, A Google a Day.
- They provide a task every day.
- You try to find the answer. That’s it.
Let’s see one example:
If you key in international dialing code 40, how would you say “good morning” in the language of the country you’re calling?
Google Correlate is a tool on Google Trends which enables you to find queries with a similar pattern to a target data series. The target can either be a real-world trend that you provide (e.g., a data set of event counts over time) or a query that you enter. I found a slightly good correlation between weight loss and wedding checklist. Is it surprising?
Try other medical conditions as well.
I’m still trying to find ways to use the really professional network, Google+, in medicine and I asked my community a few days ago about that:
I haven’t asked you about that for a while, but how have your habits been changing in the last few weeks on Google+? Do you use it more than Facebook? For me, it seemed to be a fantastic professional network, but still have many more peers on Twitter and Facebook. What to do?
I got some interesting opinions and ideas, but a French colleague told me French doctors actually perform case presentations in private ways. They upload information about the case, discuss it with other peers and get to a final diagnosis. Based on the very simple privacy settings of Google+, it can be useful for such purposes. Anyone else with similar experience?
A nice video for Sunday from an old television show in which players tried to find out who the real Google founder was.