Dr. Rich Castellano live streams, shoots videos and pulls up patient records using Google Glass

TAMPA - Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rich Castellano, M.D., is eyeing the future of medicine with Google Glass.

He is among a select group of doctors testing out the technology and helping work out the glitches before the $1,500 product is mass-marketed.

Google Glass is a wearable technology that resembles a pair of glasses.  In the top right corner there is a thumbnail sized computer screen that allows the user to shoot video as well as display information via the internet.

"The Google Glass is a great tool," said Dr. Castellano, who has been using the wearable technology since November 2013.  "It is like any other tool, you get what you put into it."

In Castellano's case, he is using the technology at his Tampa office and in the operating room .  He shoots video while he performs procedures, live streams procedures and even pulls up his patient's records and photos.

"The ability to see the photos while you are treating the patient, it is right there, you don't have to look away," he explained.

On Tuesday, ABC Action News joined Castellano while he used Google Glass during an in-office procedure.

Patient Sharon Nelson had fillers injected into her face as Castellano used the new technology to guide the treatment.

"I think it is exciting," said Nelson.  "He can see more.  So therefore, he is going to do a better treatment on me."

Castellano has even used the voice-controlled device in the operating room.

"I was chatting with my colleague in Seattle.  He was watching me do a facelift and he was making comments," he said.

The ability to live stream procedures, according to Castellano, will have significant impact on medical training and continuing education for those in the medical field.

However, Google Glass does raise issues when it comes to HIPPA laws and patient privacy.

"It can certainly break rapport in some circumstances and I don't wear it all of the time.  When I am doing a procedure, when I am doing a treatment, when I am doing teaching, I prefer to wear it because it is a very valuable resource," he explained.

Castellano also provides patients with the option of him not using Google Glass.

Hospitals in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Indiana, California and Connecticut are utilizing the technology.   The technology is those cases is altered so patient records and information is not shared with Google.

Still, among the all the benefits, there are kinks the company is eyeing to work out.

"In doing some procedures and using the electrical cauterizer, sometimes the electrical current will stimulate and the video will actually stop," Castellano said.
 

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