Although Google Glass has been the target of multiple ill-willed articles, Google Glass has made leaps and bounds in the medical world. Glass has enabled many medical professionals to improve patient engagement, as well as take videos, demonstrating how to perform medical activities.
Another milestone was reached in the glass-medical timeline today as UC Irvine hands out Glass to their medical students, becoming the first school to do so. According to an article on the UCI.edu website, Glass will be not only be used with first and second year anatomy students, but third and fourth year hospital rotations as well. The school also claims that by using proprietary software, both faculty and students will benefit from the futuristic technology.
A total of 10 pairs of Google Glass will be donned by third and fourth year medical students starting this month as their academic year begins, using them in the operating room and emergency department of UC Irvine. The 10 pairs of Glass will be in addition to multiple pairs currently being used in the UC Irvine medical center.
When first and second year students begin at the school in August, UC Irvine plans to acquire 20-30 additional pairs of Glass to complement the 10 the school is distributing to students this month. These additional pairs will not only be used in lecture halls, but will also be utilized in the ultrasound institute, Clinical Skills Center, anatomy labs, and the medical simulation center. In these areas of the campus, students can see what a faculty member sees and vise versa, further enhancing faculty-student instruction at the school.
Wiechmann, the associate dean of instructional technologies, claims that UC Irvine will also have patients wear glass “so that our students can view themselves through the patients’ eyes, experience patient care from the patients’ perspective, and learn from that information to become more empathic and engaging physicians.”
Google Glass is the latest addition to the iMedEd program at UC Irvine, joining the ranks of iPads filled with medical notes, podcasts and reference materials issued to each student at the beginning of his/her school year.