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A Google Glass App That Would Be Hard for Even the Haters to Hate

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But here’s a use that’s hard to argue with: An emergency room doctor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard teaching hospital in Boston, Mass., was tending to a patient suffering from massive brain bleeding. Because the doctor was wearing Google Glass, he was able to see that the patient had severe allergic reactions to blood pressure medications. Normally that might have required running to a computer or grabbing a tablet, accessing the patient records and then scrubbing up again.

“Google Glass enabled me to view this patient’s allergy information and current medication regimen without having to excuse myself to log in to a computer, or even lose eye contact,” said Dr. Steve Horng.

A startup called Wearable Intelligence is dreaming up uses for Google Glass.

Because he was able to start treatment immediately with that knowledge, Horng believes that Google Glass helped save the patient from the chance of permanent disability or death.

Horng is part of a pilot program at Beth Israel involving about five doctors using Google Glass. This isn’t the normal Glass you can buy if you’re selected for Google’s “Explorers” program and pay $1,500. It’s a version of the same hardware that has been modified by a company called Wearable Intelligence.

Wearable Intelligence strips and replaces the Google Glass software with a reformatted version of Android, so it can be locked down for specific uses and specific contexts. Doctors don’t have the option to tweet photos of patients, check their Facebook, or even take the device off the hospital Wi-Fi network. Google’s on-board speech recognition technology is replaced with a more 

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Many people have already made up their minds that they’re uncomfortable with people wearing Google Glass.
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