One of the main attractions of wearable technology is its potential usefulness in the healthcare community, but it is not immediately obvious how Google Glass – a set of M2M-enabled spectacles developed by the internet giant – could be deployed in such a setting.
However, a software company called Pristine (Austin, TX, USA) claims to have developed commercially available software based on Google Glass that is compliant with healthcare regulations and could be used to improve the treatment of wounds.
Called EyeSight, the software facilitates audio and video streaming between Google Glass and authorized devices.
Pristine says emergency responders and wound-care staff are using EyeSight in live patient care environments to beam in physicians, while surgeons are using the software to support medical education initiatives.
The company has just announced a partnership with healthcare provider Wound Care Advantage (Sierra Madre, CA, USA) to bring Google Glass into an outpatient wound-care setting for the first time ever.
Because it is wireless, hands-free and supports first-person perspectives, says Pristine, Google Glass is ideally suited to this market.
Pristine is now set to introduce the technology into partnering wound centers that are a part of Wound Care Advantage’s program.
“The fastest way to treat a patient is to have the experts see the issue as quickly as possible, allowing for rapid treatment,” said Mike Comer, chief executive of Wound Care Advantage. “The longer it takes to get a patient to appropriate experts, the higher the likelihood that the wound can become either life threatening or require an amputation.”
“More than 62% percent of all amputees will die within five years,” he added.
“Pristine’s Google Glass app, EyeSight, goes a long way to helping WCA enable better outcomes.”
The companies say Google Glass will improve clinical productivity and enable nurses, clinicians and physicians to see and treat greater numbers of patients.
It is to be used in both outpatient services and inpatient care to help ensure that patients continue to receive proper care.
“Telemedicine is no longer the future, it is here and cutting-edge companies like Wound Care Advantage and Pristine have created an approach to successfully meet HIPAA [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] compliance, improve the patient experience and conquer wound care from a distance,” said Kurt Arisohn, the chief operating officer of Wound Care Advantage.
Founded in 2002, Wound care Advantage provides services to assist wound centers in developing clinically and financially successful programs.