UC Irvine Issues Google Glass to All Medical Students

May 15, 2014 02:19 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

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While Google Glass hasn't exactly been embraced in everyday life, the connected eyewear device may become a mainstay in the medical field.

The University of California Irvine School of Medicine has become the first to issue Google Glass to all of its medical students, planning to implement the gadget into all four years of curriculum, CNET reported.

Glass has already made its way into various professional fields and is especially useful for doctors to allow them to look up information quickly, easily and hands-free. The wearable will be used by UC Irvine students for anatomy courses in their first and second years of school and in clinical training for their third- and fourth-year hospital rotations.

"Enabling our students to become adept at a variety of digital technologies fits perfectly into the ongoing evolution of healthcare into a more personalized, participatory, home-based and digitally driven endeavor," Ralph V. Clayman, dean of medicine, said in a school news release.

UC Irvine will start with 10 pairs of Glass this month to be used in the operating room and emergency departments, followed with an additional 20 to 30 pairs in August.

While Glass has been controversial for its privacy issues, the device could be a boon to doctors, who won't have to rummage through files or look up information on a computer while wearing it.

Google has been campaigning to improve the Glass image, rolling out a program called Glass at Work last month. The initiative is intended to support businesses that use the wearable.

The company has also been working with up-and-coming filmmakers, one of which released a short film for Mother's Day. Showing a young man's journey back to his roots in India, "Seeds" portrays a more tender side of the possibilities for Google Glass in everyday life. 

Whether or not Google Glass will ever be an acceptable accessory, Google recently made the wearable available for purchase for $1,500 while supplies last.

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