The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine will be adding Glass to its curriculum as a part of the first and second year anatomy courses and clinical skills training.
According to the school’s officials, Google’s wearable has the ability to seamlessly deliver information through voice commands and other means while remaining hands-free. A proprietary secure software will be used to record and broadcast patient care and student training.
“I believe digital technology will let us bring a more impactful and relevant clinical learning experience to our students.” – Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, dean of medicine.“I believe digital technology will let us bring a more impactful and relevant clinical learning experience to our students,” said Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, dean of medicine in a press release. “Our use of Google Glass is in keeping with our pioneering efforts to enhance student education with digital technologies – such as our iPad-based iMedEd Initiative, point-of-care ultrasound training and medical simulation. Enabling our students to become adept at a variety of digital technologies fits perfectly into the ongoing evolution of healthcare into a more personalized, participatory, home-based and digitally driven endeavor.”
The initiative kicks off this month with 10 sets of Glass being used by third and fourth year students. UCI will focus on using Google’s eyewear in operating rooms and emergency facilities, and later extend the use to its intensive care units and emergency departments.
In August, the University will add up to 30 additional pairs of Glass for second year students. These devices will be used in the school’s anatomy labs and medical simulation center, while also allowing instructors to broadcast real-time patient assessments that will be used for lectures to further educate students and staff members.