Team explores using Google Glass for remote patient diagnosing

By: Pooja Jaeel

Famous for it’s action packed promo videos, Google Glass is now entering the hospital environment.

App developer John Rodley paid $1500 to get an advanced version of the Google Glass just so he can explore its potential in the fast-paced hospital environment.

His new app is called ArrtGlass (the RRT in the name stands for Rapid Response Team) and it is a way to strengthen communication and collaboration between providers in a hospital.

The app is designed to “[coordinate] care with people who might be in other locations on a campus or inside a big building,” says Rodley.

Rodley provides a hypothetical situation in which a nurse is in the room with a patient. The nurse can contact the doctor via ArrtGlass and remotely provide him or her with a first hand look at the patient. Additionally, the app is built to display data such as vital signs, patient IDs, and EKG information in an easy, accessible way.

Below is a sample display of patient data as seen on the ArrtGlass:


Due to the livestream nature of this technology, the doctor can also ask the patient or caregiver questions about their condition. With more information, providers can feel more comfortable diagnosing patients in a different physical location.

In a sense, ArrtGlass can represent a new stage in telemedicine. One obvious issue with this new technology is the operating costs of providing all medical providers with their own Glass apparatus. Another would be the potential hazards of providers working with multiple patients at the same time–one at their location, another through Glass. Rodley and his startup company Farlo are working to resolve issues such as these. They plan to have a pilot version of the app in the field as early as this year.




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5 Responses to Team explores using Google Glass for remote patient diagnosing

  1. MarylandMD June 19, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    We have plenty of options for remote video, text and audio. I just do not see what it is about Google Glass that will “strengthen communication and collaboration between providers in a hospital”. If remote video, text and audio aren’t being done already, perhaps the need isn’t there, or perhaps the hurdles to implementation are not easily surmounted by a $1500 pair of glasses? A lot of information can be conveyed very efficiently by voice communication alone. Vitals and other data can be conveyed by just logging into the computer system. Honestly, this sounds more like a press release that is attempting to drum up investor interest rather than a well developed concept that has proven viability in the field.

  2. TW June 23, 2013 at 3:35 am #

    I currently have loved ones in the hospital and rehab facility and am not located in the same geographical location. I would love to be able to use Glass to virtually meet with the doctor when they stop by for rounds and hear first hand what the day’s plans are, any medication changes, and actually be able to see what is happening rather than hearing things second-hand.

    • Iltifat Husain, MD June 23, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

      Great point, from a patient centric side this would be great. It’s also beneficial to the physician as it enables us to address all the family members at once.

  3. MarylandMD June 24, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    You folks heard of FaceTime? Skype?? Why buy a $1500 pair of glasses to do something that you can already do with your iPhone or other decent smartphone? What’s stopping you from using existing technology?

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