Keith Speights of Daily Finance reports, “Jacob Friedman’s tweet from February might be prophetic. Earlier this year, Google invited people to apply via Twitter to be one of 8,000 to win the opportunity to try out its new Google Glass. Friedman responded by tweeting that if he had Google Glass, he would ‘use it to revolutionize health care.’ A little over a month later, Google responded to Friedman that he would get his chance. Can Google really revolutionize health care, though? In some ways, it already has — even before all the buzz over Google Glass. In other respects, there’s still a long way to go.”

He continues, “Google’s search technology began a revolution of sorts in health care a while back. Nielsen found that 57% of baby boomers have used the Internet to find health and wellness information. Another study found that the same percentage of mothers get health information online. 75% of patients research their symptoms on the Internet before talking with their doctors. All that is great, but does it necessarily mean that Google is part of the revolution? Actually, yes. A 2009 OTX study found that a whopping 86% of patients who used the Internet to research health-care information used — drum roll, please — Google.”

He adds, “Possibly the most intriguing health-care opportunities lie in how Google Glass could connect with other technology. An obvious possibility is IBM’s Watson. New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center plans to use Watson as something of a physician’s assistant. The goal is for Watson’s natural language processing, hypothesis generation and evaluation, and evidence-based learning capabilities to help doctors diagnose and treat patients. Connecting Watson to Google Glass could be a winning combination.”

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