Google Glass’ Impact on Healthcare

In today’s #HITsm chat one of the topics brought up the impact of Google Glass on healthcare. I provided a few insights into Google Glass (Yes, I own a Google Glass and so I can speak first hand on it) that I thought would be beneficial to others.

I believe Google Glass will have a powerful role in the hospital. However, it won’t be ubiquitous. It’s not like you’ll get hired at a hospital and be issued your access card and a pair of Google Glass (Yes, Glass could be your access card, but that’s an expensive access card). With that said, Google Glass will find some incredibly powerful uses and become an indispensable part of many hospital workflows.

While this post has been about Google Glass. I think Google Glass represents a whole class of eyeware technologies which are coming to market. I’m not sure that Google Glass will win that market, but they’re definitely the ones that defined the market and so that’s why we talk about them. Watch for other competitors that do something similar, but might actually be the dominate leader in eyeware technology.

I agree that Google Glass and other related technologies have their own HIPAA privacy and security issues. However, they can be made to be as HIPAA compliant and secure as any other device. The form factor doesn’t really change the privacy and security. It’s what you do with the device and how you implement the software on the device which determines the HIPAA compliance of the product.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.