SHORT REPORTSDisaster medicine through Google GlassCarenzo, Luca; Barra, Federico Lorenzo; Ingrassia, Pier Luigi; Colombo, Davide; Costa, Alessandro; Della Corte, FrancescoAuthor Information Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine and Computer Science applied to Medical Practice (CRIMEDIM), Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy Correspondence to Francesco Della Corte, MD, Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine and Computer Science applied to Medical Practice (CRIMEDIM), Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy Tel/fax: +39 0321-660620; e-mail: [email protected] Received July 21, 2014 Accepted October 29, 2014 European Journal of Emergency Medicine: June 2015 - Volume 22 - Issue 3 - p 222-225 doi: 10.1097/MEJ.0000000000000229 Buy Metrics Abstract Nontechnical skills can make a difference in the management of disasters and mass casualty incidents and any tool helping providers in action might improve their ability to respond to such events. Google Glass, released by Google as a new personal communication device, could play a role in this field. We recently tested Google Glass during a full-scale exercise to perform visually guided augmented-reality Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment triage using a custom-made application and to identify casualties and collect georeferenced notes, photos, and videos to be incorporated into the debriefing. Despite some limitations (battery life and privacy concerns), Glass is a promising technology both for telemedicine applications and augmented-reality disaster response support to increase operators’ performance, helping them to make better choices on the field; to optimize timings; and finally represents an excellent option to take professional education to a higher level. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.