Google Glass: An O.R. Dash Cam?


By: William D. Ezzell

With the application of digital memory to point-of-view cameras, certain fields have undergone significant transformation.  For example, dash cams in police cruisers provide authoritative documentation of what actually happened. The advent of Google Glass could very well bring a similar revolution to the surgical field. For those unfamiliar, Glass is a wearable computer that contains an optical head-mounted display on glasses. Recently, Google Glass was used by a physician while performing surgery to record and broadcast the surgery around the world. This groundbreaking event could lead to major advances in the medical/legal field which will presumably benefit patients, physicians, and malpractice carriers.

Physicians worldwide would be able to monitor and provide instant advice during a procedure, helping the patient, surgeon, and vastly improving the peer-review process. Expert testimony would be more reliable given visual evidence, and determining whether a surgeon did or did not do something could conceivably be a thing of the past.

Malpractice carriers would similarly welcome the use of Glass, if not require it altogether. Having a clear cut video of exactly what happened would alleviate some of the gambles inherent in preparing case strategies. Insurers would be better informed, allowing them to settle cases where malpractice likely occurred while vigorously defending lawsuits contradicted by Glass’ footage.

Let us know your thoughts on whether Glass is a good or bad thing for the medical/legal industry.