Rhode Island Hospital is the first hospital in the United States to begin a pilot study testing the benefits of having Google Glass in an emergency room situation. The hospital has taken steps to make sure that the way in which Glass is used will be HIPAA compliant, a hurdle which many proponents of telemedicine have been struggling with.
As of now, the glass has been used in dermatological ER cases. The ER doctor views the patient while wearing the Glass, and the dermatologist with whom he is video chatting sees and hears everything that the ER doctor does. This allows the dermatologist to give a speedy, informative diagnosis minimizing wait time in the Emergency Room. To learn more, watch the video above to hear what Rhode Island Hospital’s Paul Porter has to say about the benefits of this pilot program.