Dr. Anil Shah is the first surgeon to use Google Glass in a Rhinoplasty. He is also the first surgeon in Chicago to use Google Glass in the operating room. He has been featured on NBC Chicago and many of the NBC affiliates nationwide for his expertise on both technology and as an authority on facial plastic surgery.
Here are some questions on google glass and answers by Dr. Shah.
How will Google Glass change medicine?
First of all, it is important to realize that Google Glass is a beta product. It represents a way for its users to access information easily by visualizing it in the upper right corner of the field of view. Google Glass also allows its users to record and document information rather easily. Some potential uses for this would be facial recognition, telemedicine, accessing x-rays, accessing patient data and ability to map out the face. In addition, due to its first person point of view it will allow others to view what the surgeon sees, a potential game changer in teaching institutions.
What is telemedicine and how will Google Glass change this?
Telemedicine is communication via phone or electronically with patients or other physicians from all over. Since a large percent of my patients come from all over the world, telemedicine offers these patients an easier way to follow up with the office to track their progress and recovery.
In addition, other physicians may wish to refer a patient for their management. Sometimes a visualization of the patient can save both the patient and the physician time and money.
Is facial recognition applicable in medicine?
Facial recognition can help physicians with large databases of patients recognize patients and access data more easily. This fortunately is not a problem in my office but in situations where there is more than one physician, it can serve as another check in the system.
Is Google Glass distracting?
Google Glass is not distracting since it is in the upper right hand corner of your point of view. In surgery, your focus is on what you see straight ahead in a fairly narrow window. You often don’t even look up to grab an instrument as a scrub nurse will place it in your hand.
What are some of the short comings of Google Glass?
Since it is a beta product there are several areas which would benefit the product for medical purposes. First of all, the ability to take macro photographs would enhance the overall quality of the photographs. The battery life is somewhat limited, particularly when live streaming video content. Finally, uploading data to the device at this stage is somewhat cumbersome.
However, when looking at this product, it is hard not to believe that future additons of this product will not be more robust versions of the current product with possible variations for specific fields like “Surgeon Glass”.
How was it doing the first rhinoplasty with Google Glass? Was it Difficult?
No, the procedure was not due to the narrow field of view and tight focus used during the procedure.
Do you use Google Glass in your personal life?
I do wear Google Glass occasionally in my personal life. The main area is capturing spontaneous moments with my children (I have 3 of them). The time to take a picture or video is incredibly fast and effortless.