Smart Glasses Help Rehab Nurses Deliver Better Care in First Program of Its Kind

Nov 03, 2015, 08:11 ET from CCR (Commonwealth Care of Roanoke)

ROANOKE, Va., Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Technocrats may not have embraced Google Glass, but "smart glasses" are helping skilled nurses provide better treatment at a Fredericksburg health and rehabilitation center. CCR (Commonwealth Care of Roanoke, Inc.) has launched a pilot program equipping nurses with smart glasses similar to Google Glass. These glasses can display information to the wearer while transmitting what the wearer sees via an integrated camera and a HIPAA compliant IT platform. CCR is using the glasses to provide feedback and consultation to nurses and also help supervisors evaluate the quality of care patients receive.

While approximately thirty medical centers and medical schools are using smart glasses for training and evaluation, this is the first time a long term care facility has tried the new technology.

"For us, it's all about quality," says Deborah Petrine, CEO of CCR. "If we can harness new technology to improve the quality of care our patients get, we're all for it."

A supervising nurse can advise nurses remotely in assessing wound care and do virtual rounding with the nurses while treating wounds. They can then provide feedback and evaluate areas where care could improve. The opportunity to do one-on-one, real-time training with the wound nurse when needed is another valuable feature the smart glasses provide.

Petrine is quick to point out that patient privacy will be protected. The glasses and software, provided by an Austin, Texas-based company specializing in medical applications for smart glasses, are both HIPAA compliant. No information is recorded, and patients can opt out of the program. "It's no different than a supervisor assisting a nurse on a case, except the supervisor is not in the room," Petrine says. She acknowledges that new technology always has its skeptics. "When we started the smart glasses trials, we did have some anxiety about whether patients would accept it. So far, all our patients and families have been very receptive of the technology and its benefits." Three CCR health and rehab centers are currently using the glasses and will add two of its other centers in late 2015. CCR is slated to make the smart glasses program available at all twelve of its centers in 2016.

CCR (Commonwealth Care of Roanoke, Inc.), founded in 2001, currently operates twelve centers in Virginia.  The core business values – service, commitment and integrity – are the guiding principles of the organization. CCR is recognized as a leader in Virginia for providing quality services and being a stable, compliant fiscal operator. The founder and key managers of the organization are involved in numerous statewide initiatives for culture change, quality improvement and maintaining financial viability for long-term care providers. CCR's senior management group collectively has over 165 years of experience in the senior care profession.  Likewise, the company is a Virginia-based company that is committed to participating in the Medicaid and Medicare programs and caring for the frail and indigent.

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