Google Glass might not yet be the device Google wants it to be after 2 years in public testing, but that doesn't mean developers can't create great experiences. According to Drchrono, a digital health startup, the team has created the first health record system for Glass, and doctors can take advantage of it.
Doctors can use the app to note when a patient makes a visit, store files and even record procedures for later consulting. It's impressive and could change the way the medical field operates in the future.
Some patients might be hesitant to allow doctors to record their visits. However, Drchrono claims the app complies with HIPPA standards, which protect patient privacy. In addition, patients will have to give doctors permission to record them, so nothing should go awry unless a doctor does something illegal.
Images and videos taken by the app are stored in the patient's electronic record, or in 'Box,' a cloud storage app. We also understand that Box is a longtime partner of Drchrono, so it makes sense for Box to be the exclusive cloud storage partner for the time being.
So far, the app is in the beta phase and might not see release for quite some time since its future at the moment is linked with Glass. If the device fails, chances are this app will meet a similar fate unless other companies take up the helm and come with something better than what Google is offering.
"Google is still in the early-stages of determining the most viable use-cases for Google Glass," said Drchrono co-founder Daniel Kivatinos. "But some doctors are demanding Glass, so Google is providing resources and support to developers."
We understand right now that over 300 physicians have opted to use the app, and over 60,000 using Drchrono's electronic medical record for doctors and patients.
We'd like to see how far this idea could end up, and that is why we are rooting for Google to succeed with Glass. At the end of the day though, we hope Google can overcome the privacy issues because it is a legitimate concern.