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Doctors are increasingly trying out Google Glass in the emergency room and operating room.

As FierceMobileIT reported, Pierre Theodore--a cardiothoracic surgeon at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center--has recently been testing Google Glass in the operating room.

In addition, Steve Horng, an emergency physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, has been testing Google Glass in the ER. Google Glass enables ER doctors to see a patient's records and status quickly without having to look up the information on a computer screen.

"Emergency medicine is a very information-intensive specialty where even small nuggets of information available immediately really matter. Having information one minute earlier can actually be quite life-saving," Horng tells MIT Technology Review.

Horng and his team worked with San Francisco-based Wearable Intelligence to develop a Google Glass custom app for use in the ER. The app blocks the device's social-media features and prevents its use outside the hospital's Wi-Fi network.

The pilot program in the ER at Beth Israel uses four pairs of Google Glass. After a patient is checked in to the ER, a doctor uses Glass to scan a QR code on the outside of the patient's room, and the app looks up the patient's records and displays the data for the doctor to view.

Unfortunately, the app is not able to conduct complicated searches or data entry with gesture and voice commands. But for the ER, the data displayed is useful, says Horng.

For more:
- read the MIT Technology Review article
- see the Fast Company article on Theodore's test

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