Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, is bringing Google Glass into the emergency department. Using a stripped-down version of the wearable mobile video communications technology, researchers will test the efficacy of using Google Glass for real-time audio-visual consults for consenting patients who require a dermatology consultation. In a statement, hospital executives said the facility is the first hospital in the United States to use Google Glass in an emergency department setting.

“We live in a world of instant gratification, and in many ways, we’re testing that mindset by using Google Glass to enhance telemedicine in the emergency department,” said principal investigator Paul Porter, M.D., a physician in the emergency departments of Rhode Island, Hasbro Children’s and The Miriam hospitals. “In this study, we will use Google Glass to stream live images of a patient’s dermatological condition to the consulting dermatologist. As the emergency medicine physician observes the patient’s skin condition, the consulting dermatologist will be able to see identical images on a tablet in real time, giving the dermatologist the ability to offer appropriate advice, diagnosis and treatment options.”

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