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Keeping up to date on Glass

Many of you have asked about resources to stay up to date on the news with Glass and other wearables.

Below are a few recommendations of my favorite ways to stay up to date:

Weekly Dosage of Google Glass - hosted by the fantastic Andrew Pritykin and with a rotating group of fantastic guests from the Glass community.

Wearables Weekly, another fantastic weekly vidcast focuses not only on Glass but other developments in the wearables market and includes such Glass luminaries as Noble Ackerson, Libby Chang, Keith Achorn and others.

Alexander Hayes' Google Glass Interviews, in his words, are "A a record of my interaction with the Google Glass Explorers Community and other related contacts from industry, research and affiliated gain an understanding of the key motivations, experiences and understandings that these individuals gain from engaging with this emergent wearable technology."

If you want to get a broad spectrum of the careers, walks of life, and interests of more than 45 Glass Explorers, Alexander's videos provide that and are incredibly interesting! Below is a link to the entire playlist of interviews.

The official Glass YouTube channel shares Explorer stories as well as some amazing short films made with Glass. Below is a link to the Explorer stories playlist, but I encourage you to also check out the short films!

Explorer blogs to follow (besides this one, of course!) include: 

evoluzination by Cecilia Abadie
Glass Almanac
GPOP blog
Living Thru Glass

And finally, there's no better place than Google+ to chat with Explorers...whether you have Glass or not (we're a very friendly bunch). 

The best (biggest, very active) community is the Glass Explorers community. 

Whew, that should get you started! If you feel like anything's missing on this list, let me know in the comments. 



MedTech Boston Google Glass Challenge Recap #GGMed14

The event was hosted at the Google offices in Cambridge, and the place was packed with 200+ folks as the evening kicked off with four esteemed keynote speakers: Steve Horng, Nayan Jain, Rafael Grossman, and Christopher Coburn.

Dr.Steve Horng of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is the ED lead for the Google Glass Project at Beth Israel, and his team with first to fully integrate Glass with their EMR system and deploy live for clinical use in the emergency department. 

The Beth Israel team has long been at the forefront of technology, having found that providing physicians with iPads allowed clinicians to spend 38 minutes fewer at a workstation. Now their team is testing Glass, including live streaming data so as soon as it's updated in the EMR system it's updated on the Glass.

They've developed processes and systems using Glass to allow clinicians to update the EMR, check on patient status (and even location) while on the move throughout the hospital. Using machine learning techniques, they have even built a cool graphic bar chart which is a one-stop quick look at the patient roster by how sick folks are (based on their projected 30 day mortality).

Their Glass is locked into the hospital network and hooked into the EMR, so you cannot take Glass outside of the hospital, essentially.

Nayan Jain, Presidential Innovation Fellow, spoke about Blue ButtonConnector - a way for patients to find their health information.  He showed a video of how Glass could integrate with Blue Button and went on to share additional information about the site/resource.

Blue Button Connector (currently in beta) will be a symbol for patient's access to their own data. For instance, insurance companies will be able to show the blue button logo on their website, indicating they are participating in the program.  Those developing the program want to empower consumers to be able to do everything from printing a physical copy of their health records to sharing with a third party application.

FYI that is the developer site.  

Dr.Rafael Grossman
was up next, and spoke about being the first physician to use Glass during live surgery. An advocate of telemedicine and telementoring, Grossman asked us to imagine how Glass can be used for health care for everything from alerting a phsyician to a patient allergy, the right side for surgery, etc. Grossman feels that "Telementoring through Google glass is the holy grail. Glass is the perfect platform for that."

Dr. Grossman spoke at TEDxDirigo last year on this topic as well - worth a watch - he's a dynamic speaker and an industry leader:

Chris Coburn, VP of Innovation at Partners HealthCare was the final keynote speaker. Coburn spoke on how traditional lab-based innovation is now being eclipsed by things like EMRs and genetic analysis. Decision making in real time is key. He's excited to see how this kind of information will work it's way into the physician/patient encounter (the central hub of healthcare). Coburn previewed that Partners will be sponsoring the World Health Innovation Forum next year in Boston, billed as "the Davos of healthcare."

Next up was a showcase by Dr. Karandeep Singh, Nephrology Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital, demoing "wearable EHR" for the first time. Dr. Singh is the developer of Brigham's EHR prototype for Glass.  He discussed the pre-EHR world, where to find patient info you went to the bedside and the chart. Now, looking at a patient chart from the workstation is preferable to some, "which means the art of medicine is being lost."

Singh said that "Traditional EHRs don't understand context. Traditional EHRs assume you the physician will design your workflow around it vs the other way around. EHR's are entirely absent where you need them most, which is the bedside."

"The use of a wearable EHR can change patient care and bring back some of that lost art of medicine."

Following Dr. Singh, the panel of judges was introduced, including:

·         Dr. Maulik Majmudar, Associate Director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab, Mass General
·         Dr. Ozanan Meireles, General and Gastrointestinal surgeon, Mass General
·         Dr. Daniel Hashimoto, Clinical Fellow in Surgery, Mass General
·         Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh, Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, MGH/Harvard Medical School
·         Dr. Alia Rashid, Opthalmic Pathology Fellow at Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary
·         Gajen Sunthara, Principal Software Architect, Boston Children's Hospital Innovation Acceleration Program
·         Nabeel Ali, MD Candidate, Mass General/Harvard Medical School

Judges for what, you ask? Judges for the MedTech Google Glass Challenge, in collaboration with the White House Innovation Fellows and H@cking Medicine @MIT.

Competitors for the Pitch-Off flew in from around the country for the finals.  The finalists had made it through two months and three rounds of semi-finals to get to the finals.

Each presenter had 5-7 minutes to pitch and take questions from the panel.

Key themes that emerged from the many pitches were:
·         Using Glass to make recording notes/dictation/operating notes easier
·         Big data - using Glass as a pathway to a repository of data across the EHR while on-the-go
·         Use in the field - including equipping EMTs with Glass to consult with physician visually while en route, equipping areas that have fewer physicans with Glass to enable more telemedicine,  using Glass for home health care and hospice work

Possibly the coolest (visually) pitch was that by Lilit Sargsyan of UT Health who provided an overview of remote ultrasound powered by Glass (the talk included Antarctica and the Space Station).

The winner of the pitch-off was Timothy Aungst, PharmD, who provided a compelling case for "Bringing the Doctor to the Patient's Home"

It was great to connect with fellow Glass Explorers including Don Schwartz and Trish Whetzel!

And finally, THIS is what happens when the event is located near the MIT COOP: 

Additional resources

Photos from the event can be found here

Great blog post by VectorSpect - who were the hosts of the Glass Meetup that evening 



Google Glass Explorer Interview

I was honored to be asked to participate in an interview with Alexander Hayes of the University of Canberra in Australia.

Alexander is an expert on emerging technology in an educational context and is a thought leader in the impact and implications of new technology on society. So you can understand why I was thrilled to be invited to speak with him!

I've embedded the video below, and would love to hear your comments about the interview questions and answers - as we covered a wide variety of topics from legislation to cyborgs. Share your thoughts in the YouTube comments!

Want to see more Explorer interviews? Click here for the entire playlist of Alexander's interviews with leading Glass Explorers.



The Misfit Shine: Not a Fit

I'm 110% on the wearables bandwagon, so when Christmas rolled around last year I knew a fitness tracker was next on my list.

I wanted to go with the device that screamed I AM A FITNESS DEVICE LOOK AT ME the least. Let's face it, 99% of the time I'm in business attire, which is mostly black, and wearing a neon green pedometer-looking device wouldn't cut it for me.

After doing some research on the look and function of fitness devices on the market, I settled on the Shine, made by Misfit Wearables. The shine is gorgeous, looks like a piece of jewelry, and can be worn in a variety of ways (necklace, clip, wristband).

However, after just a few months with the Shine I'm giving up on it and going for a Fitbit Flex. Why? Below are the pros and cons for how the Shine works with my life, and the cons outweigh the pros.


At $120 it's competitive with the other devices on the market.

This is why I went for the Shine. It's a device I could definitely wear to business meetings, and have, without anyone knowing it's a fitness tracker unless I tell them. Crafted out of aircraft-grade aluminum, it's sleek and the lights on the device are not prominent (a good thing). It also comes in a variety of colors, from silver to gold, from turquoise to black. I selected gold to match most of my jewelry.

Ability to wear in different ways
The shine comes with a clip with a strong magnet, so you can essentially clip shine on your shirt, pants, shoe, etc. I opted also for the sport band (rubber or leather) to wear it like a watch. There's also a necklace option. So if I didn't want to wear the Shine like a watch and hide it somewhat, I could easily clip it to my waistband.

From what I had read, the Shine is the only fully waterproof fitness device...which is handy so I don't have to take it off while showering, washing dishes, etc.

The Shine runs on lithium cell batteries, so no charging needed and you can go a couple months before replacing batteries.


If you've made it this far you may see a trend for the pros, which is look and feel. What did I miss? What was the BIG THING that I missed? The data. Ugh. That is a big thing for me. Let me explain...

No web portal
The Shine has an app for iOS and Android. The app will show you your fitness information and sleep tracking. There are social aspects in the app as well (which are really only fun if your friends are on there too...and no-one was).

What the Shine doesn't offer, which surprises me due to the many many requests on user forums, is any sort of web portal with enhanced information or the ability for data download.

Not enough data

Image: Misfit Wearables
What you see above is essentially what you get. A daily timeline with active times and activities highlighted, a weekly view, and the ability to set goals. What's missing from the screenshot above is the social aspect which is essentially a feed such as "User1234 hit their 600 point goal today - way to rock it!"

Inability to sync with major health tracking portals
This is what sealed the deal for me to move away from Shine and to Fitbit. The Fitbit can sync to health tracking portals such as which the Shine cannot do although users are also requesting it.

All in all...
The Shine is a lovely device that for me is more style than substance. I'm the first to admit I'm not the standard user being a major data geek and life tracker. From what I've heard (again doing research!) the Fitbit will give me more of what I need with the data, even if I have to sacrifice some style.