Google Glass Glucose Edition
If you were surfing anywhere techy or healthcare related today, you probably noticed Google’s announcement about their new contact lens that senses glucose levels and transmits it to a smart phone. They refer to it as their “Smart Contact Lens Project” but I like Google Glass Glucose edition better. This is a gigantic step forward in Google’s wearables, and possibly a huge pain killer for diabetics around the world.
I am curious how long it will be until my surgical patients come in wearing a glucose sensing contact lens and I have to answer a nurses phone call about whether or not to do Q6H or QACHS fingersticks or how often to get a reading from a contact lens. Will the anesthesiologists leave the contact in during general anesthesia and be expected to provide tight glycemic control during procedures on diabetics(likely some piece of code in the Google Cloud will control the drip for them). Maybe we can finally sort out the literature on tight glycemic control and surgical outcomes. If this solution works it will have huge ramifications on the treatment of our diabetic patients.