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Boston hospital first in country to use Google Glass technology

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BOSTON, Mass. -

Doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are the first in the country to be using Google Glass technology to save valuable seconds.

Dr. Steven Horng is an emergency room physician who spearheaded a program to bring the technology to the ER.

What they do is project an image of the patient's screens so information about the patient is obtained right away. Information like the patient's name, their past medical history, even X-rays can all come up with Google Glass and could be life-saving, especially if a patient can't communicate or doesn't know their allergies and medications.

But instead of having to leave a patient's bedside to check the computer, the doctor has all the information he needs on a tiny screen in his peripheral vision.

What makes it different from other types of wearable technology is that you can be completely hands-free. Not only does it free up doctors hands but also allows them to use voice commands to page a nurse or take dictation.

Ashley Aluko came to the ER after developing shortness of breath while running. She says the glasses aren't frightening.

Dr. Horng says patients in general, don't seem bothered and if anything, it attracts the attention of the other staff around who want to try them.

Right now the hospital owns four of the glasses and at $1,500 a piece they're only being used in the ER. They are building applications for nurses and techs and hope to expand it to the rest of the hospital sometime soon. They took great lengths to make sure they protect patient confidentiality.

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