Google Glass for Documentation of Wound and Injury is a attempt for serious integration of IT innovations that can be used in the healthcare field. This article contains Original Research material by Author and is not endorsed by Google Inc. Indeed, there are good alternatives to Google Glass, which are more acceptable for multiple reasons. SixthSense in production would be more productive and practical for various purpose. The terminology Google Glass is loosely used to point towards similar devices related with Augmented Reality.
In the current demographic trends, it is likely that the number of older people in our society will increase significantly. A momentary shortage will be exacerbated by this development. Google Glass for Documentation of Wound and Injury can lead to a reduction in workload of the staff or reduce the need of presence of an expert during initial treatment. In addition, the technical feasibility is considered. The wound and injury documentation is necessary part of the treatment procedure and legally prescribed instrument to document the healing process of a wound. Wound documentation is currently only partially implemented with IT support. Usually the expert writes in a descriptive format, which in turn demands the Court to summon the Expert in case of injuries inflicted by third party. Despite the fact that a Photograph can be manipulated, but manipulating a series of Photographs from different angles alongwith video is/are difficult, which can help the Judges or Jury as well. Furthermore, showing the original source rules the probability of manipulation.
There are so far no holistic system for wound documentation, which covers the complete workflow with all associated resources. A facilitation of the employee and whether this is technically feasible and economically viable, is written here. In this case study is the Google Glass regarded as the first to provide a basic understanding of where this device can be used and what opportunities can be opened. Once the objectives are defined, a design for a possible app can be created, which could be used dedicatedly for this purpose. The cost of development, integration and operation, according to the technical and operating technical adjustments, are another criterion which crucial for the business usage.
Google Glass for Documentation of Wound and Injury : Brief Introduction to Google Glass
Google Glass is a visionary new product from the U.S. company Google Inc. It is a mini-computer which is attached to a spectacle frame. A visual output is provided by using an installed glass prism in the viewing area of ??the user. The viewable area is comparable to a 25″ LED monitor at about 2.5 meters from the viewer. Other features includes :
- Camera : This has camera with a resolution of 5 megapixels for still photos and videos with a quality of 720p
- Bone conduction speaker : Unlike conventional speakers, the audio transmission via bone conduction happens. Only the user can hear the acoustic output of the glass, not the outsiders. An impairment in the perception of ambient noise / language, is not nearly present.
- Memory capacity: Google Glass has a storage capacity of about 16 gigabytes, the user approximately usable 12 gigabytes of memory.
- Wireless interfaces: wireless connectivity through Bluetooth and WiFi are according to the 802.11b / g standards
- Battery: The battery is designed for using one day for ordinary use, but with heavy use, shorter is the lifespan.
- Wired Interface: Micro-USB is used for charging the glass.
- Limitations: Possible prohibitive pricing, Google prohibits any form of facial recognition
- The user interface is made up of spaces like with Android Phones. Any new user will not take much time to get used with.
The Author owns no Google Glass and hence a borrowed Google Glass has been used.
Google Glass for Documentation of Wound and Injury
Currently there is no uniform approach to wound documentation. However, widespread has become the computerized wound documentation. There are now several products on the market. None of these products has a common and open source interface that can be used for image transfer. An image transmission has only been possible by manually transferring the images to local computer. Closed source software always increases the possibility of running exploits, more unnoticed software bugs and increases the concern of privacy.
It is necessary that a photo documentation meets certain requirements, but are no uniform standards. A separate standardization organization have to provide own criteria for the creation of photo-documentation and to the comparability and relevance of the individual images in the rule. The benefit here is primarily the visualization of the current state as well as the clarification of the wound healing process. While reporting this is helpful. In general, it can be concluded that it is important to photograph the wound and injuries always from the same viewing angle as well as the same distance. Glass here are at a disadvantage compared to a digital camera. In patients with limited mobility an optimal photo production is not always possible.
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