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Could Google Glass make your doctor more productive?

Besides just treating patients, your doctor probably spends hours every day in front of a computer entering and looking up information from electronic health records. A California startup is looking to make that process more efficient with the help of Google Glass.

San Francisco-based Augmedix has developed a Google Glass app that promises to help doctors more quickly and easily access electronic health records so they can focus on what is most important: caring for patients. Helping make that a reality is the $3.2 million (£1.9 million) in venture funding it just secured.

"Doctors spend more than 1/3 of their day on the computer, inputting or retrieving data from electronic health records. The amount of data and documentation is overwhelming," Augmedix CEO Ian Shakil said in a statement. "Powered by Google Glass, Augmedix rehumanises the doctor-patient interaction by delivering patient satisfaction, doctor efficiency, doctor satisfaction and health record quality."

In development since 2012, the technology could, for instance, allow doctors to videotape a patient's visit, and have important information from the conversation automatically added to the person's medical records, according to a November report from SFGate.

Augmedix said it has completed several pilot studies of the technology and found "significant improvements" in physician productivity.

With the new funding, the 36-person company now plans to ramp up efforts to get its technology into the hands of doctors around the country.

This is not the first time Google Glass has made an appearance in medicine. A similar Glass app called MedRef, unveiled last May, uses facial recognition to help hospital employees more quickly and easily access patient records. In addition, a doctor in Maine this past June performed the first known surgery with Google Glass in tow.

Google's high-tech specs may not be acceptable behind the wheel, in some bars, or at the movies, but don't be surprised if you see your doctor wearing them in the future.