Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Google Glass + Surgery

Google Glass enables people to have online data in front of their eyes at any given second rather than requiring a phone or desktop to look things up. As described by Tech Radar, "Essentially, Google Glass is a camera, display, touchpad, battery and microphone built into spectacle frames so that you can perch a display in your field of vision, film, take pictures, search and translate on the go."

Technophiles are thrilled and are seeing extraordinary uses for the new device. One such technophile is an Ohio State surgeon who is exploring how Google Glass can aid doctors in the midst of surgery.

As aspiring lawyers, you might start considering the legal implications from live streaming and recording surgery specifically from the physician's point of view. For example, if you are counsel for a hospital, you should consider whether the standard waivers and consent forms need to be updated. If you're plaintiff's counsel in med mal cases, you may need to dig in to evidence rules to confirm the admissibility of the footage.

For more on issues that may arise with respect to technology in evidence practice, check out this past blog post.