Surgeons-in-training at Stanford University Medical School are now using Google Glass as part of their vast array of medical tools.
Google and CrowdOptic have teamed up to enhance the training program of these doctors. Basically, the Internet-connected headset allows a trainee’s eye-view from the operating room to be transmitted, real time, to instructors. The idea is that by seeing what the trainees are seeing, the instructors can give better feedback to their students.
“The reaction (from doctors) has been that this changes the game,” said Jon Fisher, CEO and co-founder of CrowdOptic, who believes the technology will enhance surgical training.
This isn’t the first time Google Glass has been inside the operating room. Over a year ago, an Ohio State University doctor live-streamed the surgery he was performing on a patient’s knee. This is the first time, however, that the device has been used by a medical student for the purposes of training.
The ownership of all data produced by the live stream will go to Stanford and is inaccessible to CrowdOptic. Fisher did not disclose any information about the encryption used in the protection of streaming data.
“It’s standard including patient permission and this is the team that built Oracle’s Adaptive Access Manager, (which) is the authentication and fraud detection solution used in thousands of banks worldwide, so we have the security thing covered,” said Fisher.
CrowdOptic seals off other apps in Glass so that its user is able to concentrate on the task at hand.
While Glass remains controversial, Google believes the public will eventually learn to adopt the technology once they have seen its efficacy in specific situations.