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Major Takeaways:

  • Third Eye Health works with nursing homes using Google Glass, texts, and live video chats to keep residents from making unnecessary trips to the hospital
  • The company builds a secure mobile platform for sharing information, video and audio via phone, tablet or wearables like Google Glass or Vuzix
  • Third Eye recently partnered with Advanced Healthcare Solutions, a Texas-based 44-center nursing home chain with about 4,000 patients
  • Major nursing-home systems have shown serious interest in telehealth solutions, even if they haven’t acted on it yet

From the Chicago Tribune article:

A Chicago startup is working with nursing homes using Google Glass, texts and live video chats to keep residents from making unnecessary trips to the hospital.

Traditionally, if a patient needed medical attention, nurses have paged a physician, who might send a patient to the hospital if unsure of the patient’s condition.

With Third Eye Health, a nurse could be at a patient’s bedside running software and connecting the physician with information to determine whether the patient had a medical emergency or something less serious, CEO Dan Herbstman said. The company builds a secure mobile platform for sharing information, video and audio via phone, tablet or wearables like Google Glass or Vuzix.

“The physician is able to, using our technology, get simple notifications on their own phone, do a live video interaction — the doctor can see the patient and even interact with patients,” Herbstman said. “At the same time, the doctor can remotely listen to (a patient’s) heart and lungs through a stethoscope.”