Google Glass Used To Live Broadcast Surgery In India - Dr. J.S. Rajkumar At Work

In the times, where the wearable computing gadgets are being discussed and debated all over the tech town, a surgeon from Chennai, India has become the first person in the country to have live aired a surgery wearing Google Glass. Laying out a perfect example of the useful and practical application of the wearable device - Google Glass, Chief surgeon J.S. Rajkumar live streamed an upper gastro-intestinal laparoscopy procedure on a 45-year-old man to medical students seated two blocks away through the app Google Hangouts. Dr. Rajkumar who is Chairman of the Lifeline Hospitals in Chennai made use of the live streaming to impart the knowledge of performing the surgical procedure to medical practitioners and students. He thinks that the Google Glass is a great medium to help doctors in rural India to gain practical knowledge from medical practitioners seated in remote locations.

Dr. Rajkumar, who wore the latest gadget in the operation theatre, performed a medical procedure to repair the patient’s simple hernia on September 19. Praising the gadget whole-heartedly, Dr. Rajkumar said: “We did two operations. One was laparoscopic and one was open. I wore the Google Glass and performed both the operations. See, the advantage of the Google Glass, I want to explain is not that it is a machine that will operate or anything like that. We used it to transmit the data from the operating field to our annexe, which is about 500 metres down the road, where a bunch of doctors, surgeons and medical students and press people were sitting,” he said.

The benefits of live surgery are two-fold. Not just are the remotely situated doctors gaining the knowledge, but the patient also feels safe and secure because of the transparency coming with any kind of broadcasted surgery. Considering India’s poor infrastructure and insufficient medical amenities in rural areas, Dr. Rajkumar said these glasses would be a boon to the country as surgeons can virtually join hands to operate a patient. "This is a revolution in healthcare, not because it will allow me to cut deeper or cut sharper. But in India, 83% of the operations happen in villages and small towns, where you don’t have any big specialist. If that surgeon wears a Google Glass, and if he has got basic connectivity, whichever operation he is doing, I can sit five hundred kilometers away and see the operation live time, real time. I can help him, or another surgeon from Hyderabad can help him, surgeon from Delhi, all can work in parallel also to his screen and help him," he said.


Mr. Rajkumar partnered with a Virginia-based mobile and cloud-based software applications firm–Nasotech LLC–to access Glass and develop an application that allows uninterrupted video streaming through the device for more than 30 minutes. Nasotech is one of the few firms chosen by Google to test the gadget before its official release early next year. This is just the second time in history that Google Glass has been used, the first being in Ohio USA wherein a patients’ knee replacement was beamed live.

We truly believe that this is a revolution of the next level. Those who debate about the negative aspects of the device - in a way saying that it hampers safety and privacy - should note down how technology is changing lives. This example will be remembered whenever we list down the benefits and advantages of this technology. If Dr. Rajkumar is reading this, we would surely like to have your comments on this forum.


  • Abhishek Rawal
    Abhishek Rawal
    This is one good application of Google Glass. Still Google Glass is in amateur stage, we'll see many innovative applications of Glass which will make human life better.
    World is becoming smaller with every new invention taking place.
  • Ankita Katdare
    Ankita Katdare
    I cant really wait to get my hands on a pair of Google Glasses. 😀
    There's so much unexplored territory with this gadget's applications.
  • Anoop Kumar
    Anoop Kumar
    I saw this in today's news (Doordarshan☕),
    This shows the capability of Google Glass - Device which enable you to transmit live feed, store data, talk, get info and much more without engaging any part of your body.
    I was thinking how awesome it would be to go for diving, hiking, Bungee jumping😁 and other adventures with weatherproof Google Glass.😀
  • Sarathkumar Chandrasekaran
    Sarathkumar Chandrasekaran
    It is what technology is all about.If we see it in a positive note, We can get things going in a simple and efficient way. Application of google glass is a mystry and I invite you all CEans to suggest the field in which it can be applied.
  • Ankita Katdare
    Ankita Katdare
    Wall Street Journal has shared that Mr. Rajkumar took inspiration from Christopher Kaeding, a professor of orthopedics at the Ohio State University. He was the one who performed knee-replacement surgery in the U.S. consulting with a distant colleague via live video through Google Glass last month.
  • Ankita Katdare
    Ankita Katdare
    Here is a question to all the fellow CEans -

    Can you list down what according to you would be the best uses of Google Glass? What would you use it for if you had one?
  • Jeffrey Arulraj
    Jeffrey Arulraj
    I would use it take a live Class in one room in my house And Share it to all my friends over the Net

    It is really tough to focus the black board when we write some thing and use a Laptop camera to focus the whole text written on it
  • Saandeep Sreerambatla
    Saandeep Sreerambatla
    If live streaming is used effectively, imagine a traffic cop in a major area has this glass. If any one is going against rules, consider hit and run , or signal break or whatever it transmits and a central location will look into the data and alert the next policeman to stop him.
    This is not only for the people who break rules , we can even find terrorists etc very effectively.

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