Google Glass: Paramedics’ next tool /Skokie-based ambulance firm will test modified device to aid patients

Source: Ameet Sachdev, Chicago Tribune, July 22, 2014

While Google Glass’ potential as a consumer device remains to be seen, Lauren Rubinson-Morris is excited about its possibilities in her workplace. Rubinson-Morris is president and chief executive officer of MedEx Ambulance Service, a Skokie-based company that provides transportation to hospitals and other health care sites throughout the Chicago area. The company has acquired two pairs of Google Glass installed with software and connected to the Internet, allowing paramedics to transmit live video and audio from an ambulance to a doctor in an emergency room who will be able to watch the video stream on a tablet or desktop computer. The additional eyes on a patient can provide paramedics with advice, diagnosis and treatment options. MedEx plans to launch a test with Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago this month, Rubinson-Morris said. MedEx is one of several health care providers around the country experimenting with Glass to see whether it can improve collaboration and patient outcomes while reducing costs. At Rhode Island Hospital, for instance, ER doctors are using Glass to consult with off-site dermatologists for patients with burns or rashes….