Summary DTP group 7 – The use of Google Glass in Erasmus MC
This project is exploring the current IT strategy of Erasmus MC. The current business model of Erasmus MC is based on three key pillars, namely patient care, research and education. Those three are all supported by the central ICT-department. As a result of the SWOT analysis of the current IT strategy, much more efficiency could be achieved when a new technology is implemented properly into a hospital. Not only an increase in efficiency possess an opportunity but business in a hospital could also be managed in a much more data driven way. Therefore, this project proposed the implementation of Google Glass within the hospital.
Google Glass can innovate all three key pillars and improve quality and efficiency. An overview of the impact on each pillar will be given below.
Patient care can be improved with the use of Google Glass. Physicians need information regarding the current status and charts of a patient in surgery and Google Glass can be a great application to provide this information. The video of a surgery can be simultaneously beamed to colleagues and experts all over the globe, who are now able to watch the surgery in real-time and give the surgeon advice during the surgery. Additionally, an app for glass might be able to detect observations that a surgeon might miss during a routine surgery. These two applications both reduce the chance of error and therefore increase patient care as a whole. Further, a nurse wearing a Google Glass can communicate with a doctor on the way over to the bed to enhance the vision and perception of the doctor. This is an improvement in the efficiency of patient care. An increase in the quality of patient care can improve patient flow and reduce hospital occupation.
Research departments of Erasmus MC are continuously researching several topics concerning syndromes to be able to offer efficient treatments in the future. This ongoing research results in an enormous amount of data. Google Glass can be an innovation in this research to offer more efficient and better treatments since doctors will be able to give hands-free treatment with the Google Glass.
Google Glass has great potential to improve the traditional form of education. An integration of Google Glass in the curriculum of physicians has several applications, including anatomy courses, hospital rotations and skills training. Secondly, patients can wear the Google Glass to give students a view of themselves from the patient’s perspective. This way they can be trained to become more engaging and empathic physicians. Additionally, the visual perspective of the doctor can be shared easily and student can visually access surgeries in real time. These applications can also make education more efficient since professors, of whom time is scarce, no longer need to be physically present in the classroom anymore.
All concluded, the use of Google Glass can contribute to more effective and efficient patient care, education and research. It is an important technological innovation which can make healthcare better and cheaper.