August 17, 2022 – Vuzix, a supplier of smart glasses and augmented reality (AR) technology and products, has this week announced that its M400 smart glasses are currently being trialed in Japan for an emergency medical care plan with the objective of providing early treatment in an effort to improve patient outcomes and life saving rates for critically ill patients undergoing transport to the hospital. The collaborative effort involves Juntendo University, Shizuoka Hospital, the Shunto Izu Fire Department, and AVR Japan Co., Ltd.
As part of the trial, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) will use Vuzix M400 smart glasses to convey medical information from the ambulance to the hospital from the moment of patient engagement to their delivery to the hospital. Previously, the only means of communication between rescuers and doctors waiting in the hospital was via mobile phone calls, and information sharing was only vocal. Vuzix stated that by using smart glasses with two-way audio and video communications, it becomes possible to share medical information such as vital signs and ECG readouts, as well as the patient’s facial expressions and other visual changes in condition, in real time to doctors and nurses who are on standby at the hospital to which they are being transported.
By sharing this information in real time with the hospital, it is expected that examinations, diagnoses, and preliminary medical treatment decisions can be made by various departments in the hospital before the patient even arrives. Additionally, in-hospital doctors can better instruct accurate in-transit emergency treatment (blood transfusion, surgery, thrombolytic therapy, intravascular treatment, etc.) for time-critical illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases.
Currently, Vuzix smart glasses are being used by select ambulances under the jurisdiction of the Shunto Izu Fire Department. However, the company noted that in the future, there are plans to expand the trial to include more ambulances to provide further research on the effectiveness of smart glasses usage.
“Among their expanding healthcare uses, Vuzix smart glasses can be an important life-saving tool for EMTs that require critical interaction and support from the hospitals to which they are headed,” said Paul Travers, President and Chief Executive Officer at Vuzix. “Our glasses are lightweight, comfortable and completely wireless, making them ideal to be used alongside the other head-mounted equipment EMTs must wear. We look forward to seeing an expansion of this trial by its participants, as well as adoption for similar usage by other providers in Japan and around the world.”
For more information on Vuzix and its augmented reality smart glasses offering, please visit the company’s website.
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