DTP Group 10 – Google Glass in the Operating Room at Nederlands Kankerinstituut/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Ziekenhuis
For our DTP wefocused on Google Glass in the operating rooms of the Nederlands Kankerinstituut/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Ziekenhuis (NKI-AVL). Prof. dr. Ruers, a surgeon at the NKI-AVL, explained that the main business problem that must be dealt with daily, in the operating room, is that physicians have no real-time images during surgeries. Currently the only images available are from before the surgery, while circumstances are subject to change during the operation. These circumstances may be for instance, the positions of organs and tissue. Consequently, many complications such as leaving malignant tissue behind during a surgery arise. Together with a team, Prof. dr. Ruers is developing a technique that uses Augmented Reality (AR) to create these real-time images.
Following, we started to search for possible ways in which this newly developed technique could be applied and we came across Google Glass: an augmented reality glass (Google Plus, 2014). As we learned more about Google Glass we saw that it is much more than a fancy tool: there are many possible applications to it that can add value to the NKI-AVL. We limit our analysis to the operating room because 1) this is where the business need is most urgent and where most value canbe added and 2) because focusing on applications of Google Glassin the entire hospital is beyond the scope of this report.
Google Glass can contribute considerably towards increasing the quality of surgeries and reducing the costs that are caused by complications. Furthermore, efficiency can be increased because Google Glass will reduce surgery time. Applications for Google Glass that facilitate these improvements in the OR include; augmented reality, guidance throughout surgeries, decision-making support, immediate access to EHR, hands-free surgery and increased learning. Implementing these applications will decrease the gap between NKI-AVL’s information- and businessstrategy. As a result, it will help the NKI-AVL to offer the best possible healthcare and to strengthen its position as one of the best hospitals for cancer treatment in the world.
Based on our findings an augmented reality application on the Google Glass has the highest added value and therefore priority for surgeons in the OR. Augmented reality would be a ground breaking technology that would aid the development of cancer treatment during operations substantially. Hence, we recommend that this application should be implemented as soon as possible, once the hardware is purchased. For all other proposed applications except for guidance throughout surgery, software is readily available for the Google Glass. Hence, these applications can be implemented simultaneously with the development of the augmented reality software. In total, we expect the full implementation of the Google Glass with all the needed applications to constitute roughly 4 years.
In conclusion, we believe that the NKI-AVL can greatly benefit from implementing Google Glass in their operation rooms. There are several applications that will decrease the number of complications, which will result in a decrease overall costs of surgeries. Even more importantly, Google Glass in the operating room will increase the quality of surgeries; improving the duration and quality of its patients’ lives.