Crowdsource request: What would you like to see Google Glass do?

We’re getting close to next week’s technology focus event featuring Google Glass (To register: Center for Total Health July Technology Focus: Google Glass and Future Health LIVE | Ted Eytan, MD), and I thought I’d ask the audience (that’s you) if there’s anything you want to see us demonstrate.

This technology focus is a little different because we’re featuring a technology that most people haven’t used, and from what I’ve read in the blogo google-plus-osphere, the ideas for using it are very much theoretical.

We have at our disposal a few things that will support our (your) imagination, such as (a) a high tech meeting an event space, with templated exam room, (b) a high tech innovation center in San Leandro, California (@KPGarfield) that’s also well appointed with multiple care environments that we can connect to (c) The prinicples of a startup company devoted to developing on the glass platform (@silicalabs)

So take this image and feel free to let me know in the comments, what would you like to see demoed?

A few things we’ve thought of to stimulate creativity:


  • Patient-clinician interaction with data and culturally appropriate cues (language, etc)
  • Positive health behavior, with information about a patient’s environment (availability of healthy food, parks, etc)
  • Access to acute/hospital care (walkthrough of a patient experience for labor and delivery or surgery)
  • Real time virtual specialty consults
What else? What other apps are out there that are worth trying out?
And while I have your attention, after this event is over, how would you think of co-exploring with us?


I wonder if there would be a way to visualize a person’s family history. This would probably require ensuring that each family member gets a release to see each others medical history, but I think it would be interesting for a doctor to be able to pull up a virtual genogram to explore with the patient their family history and how it may or may not be tied to their current health problems. I am imagining something like a Google+ profile for each family member put into a genogram. I don’t know if there is an app out there that could do this, but when I read “Positive health behavior, , with information about a patient’s environment ( availability of healthy food, parks, etc).” I thought about doing something similar but with a patient’s family environment. Just thinking out loud with all of you 🙂

@Andres Marquez Thinking out loud is much better than thinking silently – thank you Andres! I’m putting these comments together in a storify, Ted

Berci What do you mean ‘do’? You do, I do, etc., but it doesn’t do anything.

Berci Users, programmers and engineers add to the process, but the glass itself doesn’t do anything. This is philosophically important!

Hi Ted, I’ll be brave and try the thinking aloud approach in regards to positive health behavior.
I find losing weight one of the most challenging things I do. I’d love to have a closer partnership with my healthcare provider(s). I’m no expert, but I do know there are many factors beyond the mantra “exercise more, eat less.” With devices like fitbit, amiigo, etc. and apps like Everybody Walk, we are gaining unprecedented access to individual metrics. It just looks uncoordinated and lacks integration.
It would be interesting to me to offer my PCP a picture or graph of what  I’m doing, what’s working, what’s not. Also, with permission, maybe data from social networks like Facebook and Google+ would be able to shed light on additional environmental factors?!? Based on this data, maybe the physician could recommend a wellness program, or workshop? Or problem solve around community activities that may accommodate a patient’s physical challenges? Basically, would more context be helpful for partnering with a patient on their health?
Final thought. What if we had a score like Klout for fitness and health?

Greg Piedmo Hi Greg, if you can’t be brave on a comment on a crowdsource request then when can you :).
I added your comment to the storify story so it’s in there under “knowing your patient better” – . Also, do you know about the Kaiser Permanente Interchange API that was released on June 6? I have a feeling there’s something in there for you – in the code-a-thon that launched it we showed a scenario where a patient and doctor become excited, rather than dread, accepting tracking data into the care experience – . As with all crowdsource requests, I say, keep them coming,

Ted Eytan, MD