These are images from the Google Glass Tech Focus that we filmed at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health (@kptotalhealth) on July 11, 2013 (see: Photo Friday: Technology Focus Broadcast , featuring Google Glass | Ted Eytan, MD), which are actually mockups because Google Glass (@GoogleGlass) can’t do this automatically .. yet. Now that I’ve had some time to work with Glass, I can see a situation where a QR code might be presented on the exam room monitor or somewhere else in the workflow to allow the practitioner quick access to electronic health record details, or of course through voice commands (but I think QR might be quicker..).
There is a lot of discussion about using Glass for surgery and high tech health care (and there’s nothing wrong with that, I love surgeons and was trained by excellent ones as a family physician), so we created a scenario that involves using technology to connect us to patients better.
In the image above, you can see that the device is helping the clinician/practitioner know how the patient would like to be addressed, including the correct pronoun (whose incorrect use can be a source of disempowerment for vulnerable populations, especially trans people – see Now Reading: Electronic medical records and the transgender patient – to eliminate, not create, disparities | Ted Eytan, MD ), occupation, languages spoken, and where the patient lives.
These may seem like obvious pieces of knowledge for us to have to the lay community, however, I have observed many a clinician visit where the physician/nurse/clinician doesn’t ask or inquire about what the patient does during the day, where they live, or what their “health” environment is like. At the same time, I have seen the converse (and have always asked myself), and see how it changes the interaction to be much more tailored to the patient’s life goals rather than their biologic status.
You’ll see the next screen shows a map of Mrs. Smith’s neighborhood and the location of the nearest farmer’s market, again going beyond health care and supporting total health of Susan and her family. (Credit to Washington, DC’s MV Jantzen (@mvs202) for creation of cool Google Map / USDA Farmer’s market mashup. Innovation is everywhere around this city.
Could wearable technology help remind/support the human side of the relationship in the exam room and beyond? See what you think. Thanks to Yen Greene (@yengreene), the operations manager of the Center for Total Health for acting in the role of Mrs. Susan Smith, and Stephanie Nguyen (@nguyenist) of Washington, DC’s Silica Labs (@silicalabs) for her awesome graphic artistry. Comments welcome.