Garam Han, Yoni Moore, Jaqueline Rodriguez, Billy Schlesinger, Ben Kyle Steele, Katelyn Varn

1. Problem Statement
In today's society, receiving health care treatment is known to be a very slow and tedious process in general. Google Glass is a convenient technology that incorporates all the vital tools a provider needs in order to supply the adequate care to a patient. Common issues in healthcare that Google Glass addresses are data security, accuracy of information, and appointment time. Patients are demanding the speed, convenience, transparency and results they recieve in other service industries. These expectations may be met with the adoption of Google Glass in the healthcare system.

2. Evidence to support the problemgoogle-glass.jpg
  • Nine out of ten people do not fully understand or remember what to do after a doctor visit
  • 46% of consumers agreed that "taking control of my own healthcare makes me feel empowered and good about my quality of care."
  • Only 33% U.S. physicians have the ability to communicate with patients by email or text
  • 24% American doctors provide web tools to schedule appointments or access test results
  • 19% provide online tools to order prescription refills
  • 15% provide telehealth consultations for follow-up or diagnostic visits
  • Almost six in ten doctors are non-users and don’t employ mobile health technologies – tablets or smart phones – for clinical use
  • 52% of smartphone owners gather health information on their phones
  • One-fifth of smartphone owners have a health app
  • Seventy-five million American adults used their mobile phones for health-related activities in 2012. This is up from 61 million in 2011, according to a recent report by Manhattan Research.
  • The survey also found that the number of U.S. adults using tablet computers for health-related activities grew from 15 million in 2011 to 29 million in 2012.

“Research shows that there is strong desire to be treated them as consumers rather than patients. They want the healthcare providers to address access, convenience and wait times, which they universally grade as “failing.”” Technological advances have become a huge part of society. In order to improve health care overall, providers can utilize technology to help engage their patients in their own healthcare. The goal is to make providers meaningful users of technology in order to deliver care more efficiently and accurately to their patients. With the patient's permission, the provider will have access to copious amounts of patient information and clinical data using Google Glass. The statistics demonstrate that waiting time, data security and accuracy of patient information are common concerns of the patient population. Google Glass is a potential stepping stone in removing these healthcare concerns from today's society.

3. Potential solutions (list 3-5)
  • Google Glass uses facial recognition to access patient health records, vital signs and other test results. Rather than searching through endless amounts of file folders in a database, this feature reduces the time spent accessing a patient's personal information. Facial recognition minimizes identity theft and prevents fraudulent healthcare.
  • Google Glass can monitor a patient by keeping track of what he or she reported 10-tips-for-mobile.pngduring an appointment. This allows the provider to refer back to the recording when assessing and diagnosing a patient. This feature can also be utilized for educational purposes when given the patient's permission to record or share it.
  • Google Glass can easily transfer and exchange data so it can be accessed by several providers, pharmacists, and lab technicians.
  • Google Glass allows the provider to effectively multitask. For example, by accessing the patient's current and historical data while pulling up an EKG report.
  • Google Glass is interoperable and connects wirelessly with other devices such as smart phones, iPads, and health monitors. For example, a doctor or nurse can monitor a patient while they are going through a procedure or surgery.

4. Research on existing/alternate solutions tried by othersgoogle-glass1.jpg
  • A method of securing healthcare data is the use of eSignature, where the provider locks in his or her documentation of their patient.
  • Online scheduling of appointments is a tool some healthcare organizations use in order to minimize patient wait time.
  • The use of office staff to minimize waiting time and appointment time is critical to the success of delivering care.
  • Physicians use fingerprint readers to log into their PCs and to launch EHR applications. This helps their organizations enforce authentication measures to prevent unauthorized access of patients' health records. Some examples of software that helps secure healthcare data are SecureZip and CipherPoint Eclipse.
  • SecureZip ensures access to data across your organization, protects data and reduces required storage space up to 95%. The software meets security compliance requirements and reduces overall costs of the operational overhead.
  • CipherPoint Eclipse™ for Healthcare gives organizations the ability to identify, secure, and audit access to sensitive and regulated data that is stored in file servers and platforms such as SharePoint. The Eclipse for Healthcare solution provides specific scanning, security policies, and pre-built reports aimed to identifying electronic protected health information and personal health information, securing it, and reporting on access to it as required by HIPAA. CipherPoint Eclipse includes:
    • CipherPoint Eclipse Data Security Console: enables customers to easily create and apply HIPAA security policies and provides pre-built HIPAA system activity reports
    • CipherPoint Eclipse for SharePoint: provides transparent encryption and access control for data in SharePoint 2007, 2010, and 2013.
    • CipherPoint Eclipse Content Scanner: scans content in SharePoint sites to identify sensitive and regulated data, including ePHI, ICD-9, and ICD-10 transactions codes
    • CipherPoint Eclipse for File Servers: provides transparent encryption and access control for data in file servers.

5. Feasibility of each solution
  • The feasibility of Google Glass is how diverse the product is. Google Glass combines the technology used by Go-Pro and a tablet and allows its users to be hand free and command it by voice recognition. .
  • Google Glass will be a single device that can be used in place of multiple devices.
  • Google Glass will need to have a secure way to connect data to patients records. Using technologies that have already been created, such as voice recognition and e-signatures, will be able to be used to help keep data secure.
  • Doctors have already started using Google Glass for various things in healthcare. For Google Glass to be used on a wider scale, many doctors and nurses will need to be trained to know how to use Google Glass to its full benefit. Safety and security will increase as training increases.
  • As far as price goes, the benefits far exceed the cost of Google Glass. With all of the ways it can be utilized, Google Glass is extremely feasible from a financial standpoint. The Healthcare industry will be able to save time as well as gain new ways to train new employees and students, as well as, monitor a patients vitals.
  • Technologies such as a tablet are limiting. The features of a tablet are incredible but having to use one or two hands while using the tablet will not allow a doctor to use it while the doctor is doing a procedure where they need their hands.
  • technologies such as a Go-Pro are limiting because they do not have the versatility or features that Google Glass have by being able to connect directly to other technologies.

6. Your chosen approach (and reasons)
Our group chose Google Glass as the topic for our project because this technology is going to revolutionize health care. Soon Glass will be utilized by physicians, pharmacies, hospitals, labs and other health facilities all over the world to improve the medical industry. This device provides users and those in contact with users several advantages such as recording procedures, sharing information, locating information, engaging patients, instructing students, providing a more sanitary environment and much more. The adoption of Google Glass should not be a barrier because it does not disrupt anything that doctors or nurses are already doing, it just makes delivery of care more accurate and efficient. It's only a matter of time before Glass is a primary medical tool that will be extremely difficult to go without.

7. Your timeline for completion

Due to the natural flow of the implementation of technology into the healthcare realm, it is expected that it will be another two to three years before Google Glass really starts to show up on a large scale in the healthcare industry. Google Glass has already started to be implemented but it has not been on the market long enough and tested quite enough for healthcare to buy in and support the use of this technology as a part of everyday use. Google Glass has the potential to really grow and be utilized on a regular basis in many office visits and hospital procedures. Healthcare facilities must first purchase Google Glass and make connections to PHRs and the healthcare facility databases in a secure format so patients can feel comfortable knowing that their data will be secure and that all recordings will be used for their benefit. Once Google Glass becomes fully implemented, we think that it will really take off in the healthcare industry and become a standard because of its capability to connect to many types of data in a user friendly and hands-free way.

8. Team workload and roles

Garam Han- Actor, Meeting minutes keeper, Research, Wiki Editor
Yohnathan Moore- Research Cordinator, Research, Wiki Editor
Jaqueline Rodriguez- Video Editing, Research, Wiki Editing/Organization
Billy Schlesinger- Actor, Research, Wiki Editor
Ben Kyle Steele- Film director, Research, Wiki Editing/Organization
Katelyn Varn- Group encourager, Videographer, Video Editing, Wiki Editing/Organization, Research

9. Meeting minutes

10. Solution prototypes

General Application Demo From the Perspective of A Doctor

This video depicts and discusses the common tasks a Doctor can easily complete utilizing Google Glass.


The immediate access and filtering of content based medical records is highly advantageous to medical professionals. Access to drug information, such as symptoms, side effects, and warnings for specific patients. By comparing the patient’s medical history and current medications, a Doctor can quickly and easily avoid adverse reactions to the recommended drug. The
visual recognition features on Glass can help diagnose certain illnesses or afflictions such as chicken pox or poison ivy.The second opinion feature by streaming video to colleagues can change the speed in which a diagnosis can be confidently made.

Patients will be able to take advantage of Google Glass in many ways. A particular advantageous for elderly and isolated patients is the ability for remote checkups. Another advantage for patients is the ease of sharing diagnostic images and medical records with other patients, family or other health care providers. Glass can also be used to educate patients on how to treat simple cases or take certain medicines. Could can also remind patients to follow medical regiment such as pill schedule or physical therapy courses. When it comes to communicating with patients, Glass offers a unique possibility to bridging the gap of language barriers between patients and Doctors. Lastly,by being connected to the internet, Glass can help patients buy the best priced medical products while confirming it is the correct item or substitute.

Google Glass Second Opinion Demo

In this video demonstration of Google Glass, a Doctor performs a lung compression tap. He is not exactly sure on the standard protocol so he remotely contacts another doctor who uses Google Glass. This technology linked both doctors, in real time, to allow them to converse about the patient's status. The doctor who is on scene is constantly asking the other doctor for feedback and suggestions on how to go about treating this patient.

Google Glass for Student Teaching Demo

This video is linked to the previous video. It depicts a group of students who are remotely witnessing the same procedure but for educational purposes.