Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA, Duke foot and ankle surgeon, has introduced a new tool to his operating rooms. An instrument called Google Glass that doesn’t touch the patient, but soon could have an impact on many patients on the other side of the world.
Dr. Parekh first found out about Google Glass from all the press surrounding the new product early last year. Google Glass is a pair of glasses that function as a hands-free computer complete with a built-in camera, monitor and voice command capabilities.
Since he started wearing the glasses during surgeries eight months ago, Dr. Parekh has used the technology to record and archive a few hundred cases, ranging from ankle replacements, to ankle arthroscopy, ankle fractures, bunions and hammer toes performed at Duke Regional Hospital and Duke’s Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center.
“Patients are comfortable with Google Glass being used during their procedures and intrigued by them as well,” said Dr. Parekh. “The sentiment is that it is novel and interesting.”
In about three months, once software is available, Dr. Parekh hopes to share his expertise with surgeons in India. Dr. Parekh already does a number of charitable acts focusing on education, medical research and missionary aid through the Parekh Family Foundation, a Foundation he and his wife started in honor of his parents, but Google Glass would provide additional specialized training to the surgeons in that part of the world on a much more frequent basis.
Dr. Parekh’s use of Google Glass in the operating room was also recently covered by The New York Times. Click here to read that article.