Google Glass helped save a patient's life, says surgeon

How Google Glass helped save a life
How Google Glass helped save a life

Google's latest high-tech product, Google Glass, has stirred plenty of controversy, but it has already helped save at least one person's life.

Dr. Steve Horng, a dual-certified doctor in emergency medicine and clinical informatics, said that last January a patient came in the ER with a severe brain bleeding. With Google Glass's help, he was able to scan through the patient's file, see his history and realize that he need to change the patient's course of treatment.

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"When we started this pilot, one of our caveats was we had to respect patient privacy and confidentiality," Horng told CNBC's "Squawk On the Street" on Monday. "It needed to meet all the requirements that our other clinical applications do."

In late 2013, Dr. Horng launched a Google Glass pilot program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Although getting used to Google Glass was not easy, he said that through this new technology he could access information much more quickly without interrupting his patients.

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"Surprisingly, they [the patients] have been very very open to it," he said. "If anything, they have been very intrigued and like 'what's on your head?'"

Google plans to sell Google Glass for a day only on Tuesday for as little as $1,500.