The next time you visit a hospital, you may well notice that all the medical staff are wearing glasses. Not ordinary glasses, but Google Glasses. These smart glasses work with face recognition and provide hospital personnel with patient data such as test results and medication information right in front of their eyes. So they no longer need to refer to paper-based medical records. Telemedicine – the use of electronic communications to exchange medical information from one site to another – is also possible, enabling doctors to exchange information with other clinics and to consult experts for a second opinion.
This video shows one example of how smart glasses could be used in the health care environment. First, nurses checks the route plan displayed on their smart glasses and then sets off with their medication trays. When they enter a patient’s room, they scan the bar code on the patient’s wristband and immediately receive information about which medication particular patient needs to take. If the nurse has any questions, he or she can contact and speak to the responsible physician via the glasses straightaway. At the end of the working day, all the data stored on the smart glasses is transferred to the IT system.
Google Glass: benefits with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud
There are some obvious benefits here: not only do medical staff have their hands completely free to treat their patients, but they also have real-time access to patient data and can make notes in speech and image form as they make their rounds. All this is made possible by SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, which provides access to all the relevant data and processes from the smart glasses in real time – even when the wearer is on the move. SAP is currently developing a prototype of medical smart glasses in combination with the SAP Electronic Medical Record mobile app.
Market researchers at Gartner anticipate that the total annual savings for companies who adopt smart glasses could rise to more than one billion US dollars within three to five years.
Here, Gartner lists “virtual assistance” as one of the benefits of Google Glass technology, which includes the use of smart glasses to display guided 3D instruction manuals. (Read also “How Smart Glasses are Good for Business“)
An SAP Innovation video shows a possible future application of this technology that will strike a chord with anyone who has ever had to follow the assembly instructions supplied by a well-known Swedish furniture store. The video shows how, after some initial difficulties, it eventually occurs to expectant parents Marc and Abby to follow 3D instructions on their iPad to help them construct a crib for their new baby – and they complete the job in no time at all. Data is updated via SAP HANA in real time, allowing the on-screen representation of the crib to adapt according to the viewing angle.
Smart glasses: largest impact in manufacturing, oil, and gas industries
Gartner foresees smart glasses having their biggest impact in the manufacturing, oil, and gas industries. This is because smart glasses not only provide data to help employees complete their tasks, but they also leave them with both hands free to carry out manual activities.