Accenture, Philips want to give Google Glass a doc's-eye view
"We see a number of potential applications for Google Glass in healthcare," said Francis Dare, senior executive of connected health solutions for New York-based Accenture, during a recent interview with mHealthNews. "With Google Glass or any other wearable technology, it's all about keeping the physician's focus on the patient."
Announced on October 3, the proposal calls for a collaboration between Philips' new Digital Accelerator Lab and Accenture's Technology Labs to integrate Philips' IntelliVue patient monitoring solutions into the Google Glass platform. Officials say they hope to create an application that, accessed via the Google Glass headset, will give users access to critical data such as an electronic medical record, checklists, videoconferencing capabilities, images and other information. Other applications might include live feeds of a patient in a recovery room after surgery and first-person recording of a surgery or other medical procedure for educational purposes.
“We live in a world where being nimble is key and industry-altering ideas need to be converted to practical solutions that people can use,” said Michael Mancuso, CEO of patient care and clinical informatics at Andover, Mass.-based Philips Healthcare, in a press release. “This research explores how doctors can achieve better access to the right information at the right time so they can focus on more efficient and effective patient care. It’s a first step in researching how existing technologies can be applied to improve the quality of life of patients.”
“Accenture’s work with Philips showcases a powerful use of wearable devices in the healthcare industry, helping physicians perform their jobs more effectively and enhancing care for patients,” added Paul Daugherty, Accenture's chief technology officer, in the release. “This exciting work highlights the potential of digital technologies to transform the way we work and live, and we’re pleased to have collaborated with Philips to help bring this vision to life.”
Accenture and Philips aren't the first to see the mHealth potential in Google Glass, and they certainly won't be the last. In July, San Diego-based Qualcomm Health and Palomar Health announced the launch of a "Glassomics" incubator at Palomar's newly opened, $956 million "hospital of the future" in Escondido, Calif.
"There's been a lot of interest among various people in healthcare," said Orlando Portale, Palomar Health's chief innovation officer, who created and trademarked Glassomics in July. "There's quite a bit to learn because the user interface paradigm is quite a bit different from" the mobile platform that Palomar has explored in the past.