With the recent news that the Dubai Police Department is looking to utilize the Google Glass at the work place, it could be said that Google is working hard to revamp the image of its infamous product. The American company has finally realized that the best place for the device is at the workplace so that its features could be utilized at its best at this location. With this knowledge, Google as announced earlier this year, has launched Glass at Work.
The Glass at Work program looks to certify companies to make businesses or professional apps for the Google Glass. Ten days ago, Google announced its first batch of partners which are APX Labs, Augmedix, CrowdOptic, GuidiGo and Wearable Intelligence. These companies cover a range of areas including healthcare, manufacturing and live broadcasting.
With the announcement of its first five partners, don’t be surprised to soon see ‘Glass Certified’ logos on the partner companies websites. One of the partnerships that could give you an idea what Google is looking to do with the program is with Augmedix. Augmedix is working with Dignity Health in working on a way to input information into patients’ medical record without needing doctors spend time glued to a computer.
A pilot of Google Glass working with Augmedix has been at work at Dignity Health’s Ventura Medical Clinic since the beginning of this year. How the pilot works is that doctors put on the Glass before entering the room, launches the app then speaks to the patients. The audio and visual data is being streamed through Glass to the Augmedix platform so that doctors can access the information immediately in real time. It’s an alternative to doctors who already audio record meetings with patients and of course, doctor-patient confidentiality would be assumed to apply. Dignity Health has also reported that since beginning to use the technology, its physicians have reported a decrease in total daily time spent entering data into EHRs from 33% to 9%, and increased direct patient care from 35% to 70%.
The video below shows an example of what could be a good and effective platform for Google Glass.
Source: Google Glass At Work