LIVONIA, Mich. ‑ Trinity Health will soon be testing an initiative at its Loyola University Health System that combines home visits by secondary caregivers with technology from Google Glass Enterprise Edition and swyMed.
swyMed uses Google Glass Enterprise Edition to deliver hands-free telemedicine for patients and providers anytime, anywhere. The goal of the testing: Help Trinity Health determine how the technologies might be used to increase access to primary care physicians and advance people-centered care.
“This simulation will bring providers into the home in a real-time interaction with the patient, the in-person caregiver and the virtual medical provider,” said Capers Harper, manager of virtual medicine at Loyola University Health System, in a statement. “Our hope is that this combination approach will significantly benefit our patients.”
Google Glass is a very small computer with a transparent display that clips onto glasses or industry frames. It brings information into the wearer’s field of view so they don’t have to switch focus between what they’re doing with their hands and the content they need to see.
That makes it possible for secondary providers to do assessments of recently released and chronic care patients—in real time and in the comfort of the patient’s home—without having to hold a video camera or a tablet.
“There is no doubt the technologies are very exciting, but it’s the promise of being able to provide improved access to better, more people-centered care that is most energizing to those of us working in Trinity Health’s Innovation Program,” said Anna Marie Butrie, vice president of innovation for Trinity Health, in a statement. “This project combines old-fashioned house calls and high-technology to help patients thrive.”
The clinical simulation will start in late summer and Trinity Health will determine further implementations based on its examination of results.