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Technol Health Care. 2015;23(4):381-401. doi: 10.3233/THC-150910.

Clinical and surgical applications of smart glasses.

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1
Cerebrovascular Laboratory, Department of Neurosurgery, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA.
2
University College London Medical School, London, UK.
3
College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA.
4
Department of Neurosurgery, New York University, Langone Medical Center, New York, NY, USA.
5
Department of Neurosurgery, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA.
6
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Grandview Medical Center, Ohio University, Dayton, OH, USA.
7
The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute, Cornell Tech, New York, NY, USA.
8
Neuro-Intensive Care Unit, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

With the increased efforts to adopt health information technology in the healthcare field, many innovative devices have emerged to improve patient care, increase efficiency, and decrease healthcare costs. A recent addition is smart glasses: web-connected glasses that can present data onto the lenses and record images or videos through a front-facing camera.

OBJECTIVE:

In this article, we review the most salient uses of smart glasses in healthcare, while also denoting their limitations including practical capabilities and patient confidentiality.

METHODS:

Using keywords including, but not limited to, ``smart glasses'', ``healthcare'', ``evaluation'', ``privacy'', and ``development'', we conducted a search on Ovid-MEDLINE, PubMed, and Google Scholar. A total of 71 studies were included in this review.

RESULTS:

Smart glasses have been adopted into the healthcare setting with several useful applications including, hands-free photo and video documentation, telemedicine, Electronic Health Record retrieval and input, rapid diagnostic test analysis, education, and live broadcasting.

CONCLUSIONS:

In order for the device to gain acceptance by medical professionals, smart glasses will need to be tailored to fit the needs of medical and surgical sub-specialties. Future studies will need to qualitatively assess the benefits of smart glasses as an adjunct to the current health information technology infrastructure.

KEYWORDS:

Electronic Health Records; Meta-Pro spaceglasses; Smart glasses; augmented reality; epson moverio; google glass; heads-up-display; telemedicine

PMID:
26409906
DOI:
10.3233/THC-150910
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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