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Despite concerns over the technology's potential to cause learners to breach patient privacy and violate copyrights, Google Glass is a growing presence in the healthcare field—and its meetings. Here are some reasons why you may want to incorporate the technology into your upcoming.
What You Should Do Now
- Avoid knee-jerk reactions. Look for practical solutions to concerns and consider the potential Glass offers.
- Protect patient information and copyright. This doesn’t mean say “no” to Glass, it just means be thoughtful and clear with participants about disclosure and consent.
- Be creative. Consider the augmented and customized experiences Glass can create for learners, the real-time information it provides to organizers during events, and the hands-free experience it offers to faculty. And don’t forget how it enables participants to easily create content about your event in Google+, YouTube, Instagram, and Vine.
- Check your Wi-Fi bandwidth. Learners already carry cellphones, tablets, and laptops, and now with Glass users accessing and sending video, you need to assess your bandwidth needs.
- Ask attendees who use Glass where and how they find it useful. Use that information as a needs assessment and create an experience that addresses stated learning needs.
Tristan Gorrindo, MD, is director of postgraduate medical education and staff psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, managing director of the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.