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Google Glass gets “health record” app for doctors in US

Over in the US where Google Glass is available, the wearable is finding usage in hospitals and clinics, and a startup has developed an app to meet the needs of physicians who have adopted the gadget.

Apparently American health professionals are finding Glass a useful tool, and a firm by the name of Drchrono has produced a new app which it's claiming is the first "wearable health record".

Doctors can use the app to record consultations with patients, or indeed surgery, with the footage stored in the patient's electronic medical record, or on Box, the cloud service – which facilitates the video (or images) being shared with the patient if they so wish. Though you'd have to have quite the stomach to watch surgery being performed on yourself.

Drchrono produced the first mobile EHR (Electronic Health Record) for the iPad, the company claims, and it's apparently been voted the top EHR system by US physicians.

In a statement on its website, the firm says: "From the very beginning, Drchrono has set out to pioneer the latest and greatest technology for healthcare providers. Our vision of making providers more mobile began with the announcement of the iPad in 2010, which eventually led to us creating the best mobile EHR on the market. Since then, we've been striving to push the envelope with new technologies to optimise your ability to provide the best care available."

"Enter Google Glass. As a companion to the tablet, imagine being able to chart, take photos, and see your patient's vitals without lifting a finger... And that's just the beginning."

The app is free, and you can sign up to beta test it now, over in the States.

San Francisco-based podiatrist Dr Bill J Metaxas told Reuters that fellow doctors should ensure that if they do use Glass in their practice, they should make sure they get permission from the patient first – but he noted that in 99 per cent of cases, he successfully obtained consent from his patients. Metaxas uses the device in consultations and in theatre – though he did emphasise the need for doctors using Glass to make sure they also locked down security settings on the device.

It'll be interesting to see how Glass impacts the professional world, as well as the consumer arena. Certainly it's on the front foot when it comes to a working environment, as worries about aesthetics which consumers have don't apply to those who'll be taking the device on to make their job easier in some way.