Will Google Glass Benefit Doctors and Patients?
Google Glass may be dead for the mass consumer market, but early applications for healthcare could offer hands-free documentation and information review, and enable experienced surgeons to remotely coach novice surgeons. Theoretically, the technology could enable a remote pathologist to view a tumor through a surgeons eyes and consult on whether more tissue should be excised. A pilot test at Dignity Health found the glasses considerably helped increase patient care time while reducing data entry time. Further, Most patients seem to view Google Glass favorably, based on reports that less than 1% of patients in the study asked physicians to remove Google Glass during their visits, ECRI notes. (Photo: Fotolia)
New Anti-Obesity Devices
Three minimally invasive anti-obesity devices are in development. One sends low-energy electrical impulses from an implantable pulse generator to block normal vagus nerve signals and reduce appetite. The second places two balloons in the stomach to reduce capacity. The third is a sleeve placed in the small intestine to partially block absorption of nutrients through intestinal walls. While bariatric surgery targets very obese patients, these devices could bring a new revenue stream to facilities attracting patients with less severe obesity. (Photo: Fotolia)
Caring for Millennials with Cancer
Cancer survival rates for patients 15-24 years of age have not improved to the same degree as rates for those under 15 and over 50 in recent years. The National Cancer Institute calls the lack of treatment facilities for Millennials a no-mans land, as most of these patients are treated at a pediatric or adult cancer center. Several cancer centers for Millennials have opened in the United States and offer program-specific patient navigators, physicians with expertise in germ cell tumors most commonly seen in this population, access to recent clinical trials, and age-specific education using smartphones and tablets. (Photo: Fotolia)