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Unshackle Me: The Power of Google Glass to Liberate

Pri-Med East Annual Conference – Panel Discussion
Date/time: Saturday September 13 12PM – 1:30PM
Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

VectorSpect is pleased to present a panel discussion at the upcoming Pri-Med Annual Conference at Boston’s Convention and Exhibition Center(BCEC).

Working once again with our friends at, we’ve pulled together some of the most influential minds working on the integration of Google Glass with the everyday workflow of healthcare providers. Panelists include: Don Schwartz, Karandeep Singh, MD; Jennifer Joe, MD; Tristan Gorrindo, MD; Stephanie Shine, RN; and Carlos Rodarte. The session will open with a keynote and demo by Karandeep Singh, MD.

The Panelists

Karandeep Singh, MD, is a physician-developer in his Nephrology and Informatics fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he is developing a Google Glass EHR (electronic health record) prototype.

Karandeep Singh, MD

Karandeep Singh, MD

He has spoken at numerous venues about his work, including the recent Glass Symposium in Boston on April 23, 2014 at the Boston Google Headquarters and the recent Wearable Technology in Healthcare Society conference in Indianapolis on July 25, 2014. He is fluent in Javascript, JQuery, Python, PHP, R, STATA, SAS, HTML5, and CSS3; has experience with natural language processing tools, including NLTK, MetaMap, direct parsing of UMLS metathesaurus files, Stanford CoreNLP, OpenNLP, and ARC for cTAKES; and understands machine learning algorithms in R, Python, Weka, and Javascript.

Jennifer Joe, MD

Jennifer Joe, MD

Jennifer Joe, MD, is a Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) nephrology graduate turned physician entrepreneur CEO of, a new and innovative social network for physicians, and Editor-in-Chief of, who still regularly works the VA emergency room and urgent care clinics. Based in Kendall Square in Cambridge, the physical colliding point of the MIT/Harvard/MGH/Industry medtech community, she is best known for harnessing her inside knowledge of stealth projects being pioneered in the Boston academic hospitals and community to create meaningful discussions and connections to accelerate collaborations—such as being the creator of Boston’s first ever Google Glass Challenge.

Tristan Gorrindo, MD

Tristan Gorrindo, MD

Tristan Gorrindo, MD, is a Child Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Additionally, he is the Director of the Division of Postgraduate Medical Education, the Massachusetts General Hospital Academy, and is Managing Director of the Clay Center for Young Minds. He is currently exploring the use of Glass in continuing medical education, exploring ways to reveal the experience of the patient in the hospital, and to improve psychiatry tele-consults.

Stephanie Shine, RN

Stephanie Shine, RN

Stephanie Shine, RN, is a Brigham and Women’s Hospital neonatal intensive care (NICU) nurse and early Google Glass Explorer. Most recently, she was the winner of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s 2nd Annual Clinical Innovation Day for her Glass in the NICU Project, which was inspired by her own personal story. Last year, she herself was a new mother separated for 18 hours from her baby, who at less than two pounds was in the NICU. Her stress was relieved when her relatives brought Glass with them and let her see her baby even as she sat in another part of the hospital.

Carlos Rodarte

Carlos Rodarte

Carlos Rodarte is the Director of Business Development and the Director of Wearables and Biosensors for PatientsLikeMe, an innovative healthcare startup that builds online patient communities where patients share their health data, meet other patients like them, and learn about their disease. As Director of Wearables and Biosensors, he leads the exploration of information collected from patients with products like the FitBit, Withings, Jawbone, etc, ,and also how patients perceive and desire the use of wearables such as Google Glass in clinical practice.


don schwartz

Donald Schwartz

Donald Schwartz, a Google Glass Explorer since June 2013, is the organizer of the Wearables New England Meetup group (formerly Google Glass New England) and is responsible for introducing hundreds of developers, venture capitalists, students, physicians and other professionals who are working on the bleeding edge of wearable technologies. A marketing, eLearning and client support professional with over 20 years in the education and enlightenment of those who design our world. GIS, BIM, CAD and design professionals in many industries, Don has been a frequent lecturer at Autodesk University conferences.

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Google Glass in Medicine

Our Wednesday event in Cambridge, MA has surpassed registration hopes and is now in waiting list mode.  200 Physicians,  Hosp Admins, Developers and Googlers.

I plan to live Tweet and G+ #throughglass and we may be Live OnAir but that is undecided at this time.  Hastag is #GGMED14 or you can follow me @GraniteView on Twitter.

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Beth Israel Hospital to Use Google Glass in ER

Boston Globe 4-09-2014

Beth Israel

Dr. Steven Horng launched a Google Glass pilot program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center late last year because he thought the futuristic device could help save lives. One night in January proved that.

A patient with bleeding in the brain told Horng he was allergic to certain blood pressure drugs — which the doctor needed to slow the hemorrhage — but didn’t know which ones. Horng had little time to leaf through the man’s medical files or search for records on a computer, but with Google Glass, he didn’t have to. Instead he quickly called up the patient’s information on the device’s tiny screen and saved his life with the correct medication.

This week, Beth Israel Deaconess is expanding the use of Google Glass to its entire emergency department, and the hospital said it is the first in the United States to employ the device for everyday medical care. Now, whenever ER doctors begin their shifts, they will slip on pairs of the high-tech glasses as routinely as they put on scrubs.

“We’re doing this to prove that the technology can work and really motivate others to explore this space with us,” said Horng, who helped pioneer the use of Google Glass at the hospital.

The team from BI is speaking at the upcoming Google Glass in Medicine meetup April 23 at Google Cambridge Ma.

Also from the Globe article

Later this month, 13 doctors from around the US will gather at Google’s Cambridge office to pitch clinical uses for Glass in a contest sponsored by the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the website MedTech Boston.

The common goal of many Glass projects is to keep health care workers’ hands free to perform their jobs.

“It’s literally the holy grail of hospital IT,” said John Rodley, cofounder of a Cambridge startup called Twiage, which is developing an application for Glass for ambulance attendants to quickly relay patient info to hospital emergency rooms. An EMT wearing Glass could just use voice commands to snap photos of a patient’s injuries, dictate notes, and send them to the nearest ER.

Full article at The Boston Globe

Google Glass Health Care Challenge

Last evening I pleasure of sitting on a panel at an event hosted by Health Innovators discussing the future of medicine and specifically Google Glass. The event title was Google Glass the new frontier in Healthcare Innovation? and although I’m not sure how many converts were made, I did come away with knowledge of an incredible organization pushing medical thought leaders to push the boundaries of wearable tech.

One of my co-panelists, Sony Salzman of MedTech Boston told us about the ongoing Google Glass Challenge and some of the ideas submitted, the strict judging criteria and generally gave us insight into the brains focusing on Glass development in medicine.

Sony Salzman

Sony Salzman discussing the challenge

There are multiple rounds to the competition with the winners of round two being announced just today. Finalists will compete in an April pitch off which this writer will most definitely attend.  The following is from the MedTech site.

Submissions were judged by a panel of renowned clinicians and technical experts, including the White House Innovation Fellows and MIT Hacking Medicine. Ideas were judged primarily on their clinical impact and practicality.
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Without further ado, here are the three semi-finalists of round two, who will join the four from round 1 and the winners of round 3 in our “Pitch-Off” to be held in April. Semi-finalists are listed in order of their combined total score:
Todd A. Theman, MD, a surgical resident in the integrated Harvard Plastic Surgery training program at Harvard Medical School had the highest combined score for the submission “Expert on Call” which proposes using Google Glass to allow specialists to consult on cases in resource poor settings without the cost and risk of transporting the patient hundreds of miles to the nearest medical center.
Timothy Aungst, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor at MCPHS University and Editor for came in second with the submission “Bringing the Doctor to the Patients Home: Google Glass in VNA Care”. This submission proposes giving Google Glass to nurses who perform post-discharge home care visits so that they can stream their examination directly to the clinician, who can request specific diagnostics to be performed during the visit.
Andrew Gonzalez, MD, Vascular Surgery Health Services Research Fellow at University of Michigan advanced to the finals with his submission “Using Google Google Glass to Streamline Triage of Acute Stroke Patients” which envisions equipping EMTs with Google Glass so that the stroke-certified physician can administer the NIHSS to the patient while still en-route to the hospital.

Thanks to everyone who submitted ideas and congratulations to all the winners! Don’t forget, there’s still two days to submit your ideas for round 3, which ends on March 22. Just click here to submit your idea today!

If you have any interest in wearables, the future of medicine or the intersection of technology with the most open of human interactions then I suggest you follow Med Tech Boston  @SonySalz , Health Innovators @Health2Innovate