Columbia IM Resident Dr. Austin Chiang talks “Procedure Bank”

Photo credit: Creative Commons

Photo credit: Creative Commons

by Jennifer Joe, MD

Over the last two months we’ve had three rounds of incredible submissions from clinicians around the country to our MedTech Boston Google Glass Challenge. Out over over 50 submissions, Dr. Austin Chiang is one of 12 who advances to the finals to be held in our Final Smackdown on April 23 at the Boston Google Headquarters. We interviewed Dr. Chiang to learn more about his incredible background and his innovative submission, “Procedure Bank.”

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Here's an excerpt:

Truth be told, I am also a social media and YouTube junkie. When the word of Google Glass first spread like wildfire across social media outlets, I was also ready and willing to be set ablaze. With sophisticated mobile interfaces, hands-free setups and voice recognition technology at its best ever, Google Glass seemed like a perfect amalgamation of the three. To me, Google Glass isn’t simply a substitute for our current mobile devices. Rather, it seems to be the next step helping enhance our multi-tasking abilities.

Not surprisingly, my mind went straight to clinical applications. In my imagination as a potential future proceduralist, the timing could not be better for Google Glass. It is likely that proceduralists (surgeons, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, interventional radiologists and cardiologists) will naturally turn to Google Glass as their primary, day-to-day hands-free communication device. But to reiterate, my goal was to go beyond Glass as a cellphone substitute or a hands-free dictionary. I sought to identify how best to capitalize on multiple strengths of Glass rather than just one, in a manner that could previously have not been achieved.


Once again, I'll be speaking at the Google Glass Challenge Final Smackdown on April 23rd at the Boston Google HQ. 

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