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Chesterfield Surgeon Uses Google Glass in the Operating Room

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Google is handpicking doctors around the country to find ways to use these new glasses in medicine. One of them is Dr. Joe Niamtu, a local cosmetic facial surgeon. Google is handpicking doctors around the country to find ways to use these new glasses in medicine. One of them is Dr. Joe Niamtu, a local cosmetic facial surgeon.
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -

Google Glass is one of the newest gadgets out there, but it isn’t just about entertainment. The product is already changing the world of medicine, and this could just be the beginning of what’s to come.

Google is handpicking doctors around the country to find ways to use these new glasses in medicine. One of them is Dr. Joe Niamtu, a local cosmetic facial surgeon.

“To be able to glance up and see the patient’s vital signs, their blood pressure their oxygen,” Niamtu said. “It’s really nice. It’s right here.”

ABC 8News Anchor Amy Lacey watched on as Dr. Niamtu wore Google Glass in his Chesterfield County operating room.

Many surgeons testing out the specs say they’re valuable, because they combine a cell phone and computer. Patient medical records and information like allergies and current prescriptions are accessible in seconds with touch and voice commands.”

Google Glass is also becoming a big part of office visits.

“There’s a lot of photography, a lot of before-and-after pictures,” Dr. Niamtu said.

Google Glass also provides clips of procedures in action.

“It’s actually amazing, and the medical field is probably exactly where it needs to be,” said patient Nicole Oberleitner.

A 2013 study in the journal of patient safety found that more than 400,000 people die every year from preventable harm in hospitals. There are hopes that Google Glass will help lower that number, and one day, it could be as standard as a stethoscope during each visit to the doctor’s office.

“It’s cool what it does, but I’m really excited about what it will do,” Dr. Niamtu said.

Dr. Niamtu says Google Glass is also helpful in teaching medicine. By logging onto a special Google site, students can watch surgeries as they happen, without ever leaving their classroom or home.


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