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June 13, 2014

World’s “first wearable health record” arrives to Google Glass

Doctors can use the app to record consultations with patients.

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Hospitals and clinics over in the US could soon see more benefits of Google Glass.

Drchrono, a California-based startup, has developed an app it claims is the first "wearable health record" that allows doctors and health professionals to store and access patient data.

Doctors can use the free app to record consultations with patients or in surgery, with videos and photos stored in the patient’s electronic medical record or in Box, a cloud-based storage and collaboration service.

The firm, which produced the first mobile electronic health record for the iPad, said: "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."

San Francisco-based podiatrist Dr Bill J Metaxas warned users to take precautions before using Glass, such as obtaining patient consent and locking down security settings, according to Reuters.

Metaxas, who already uses Glass in consultations and in surgery, said Glass is no more or less secure than tablets devices such as the iPad, which are routinely used in clinical practices.

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The app comes a month after the Glass team hosted an event in San Francisco for healthcare professionals to discuss how to bring wearable computers into practices.

Google Glass, which comes in a selection of designer frames and shades, was this week banned by a chain of cinemas in the US.

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