Google Glass Startup Augmedix Strengthened With Dignity Health Partnership, Capital Infusion


It's been a good couple of weeks for Augmedix. The Google Glass startup concluded a successful pilot project with San Francisco-based Dignity Health, brought its total capital investment to $7.3 million and became an official Glass Certified Partner.

Augmedix's Google Glass app is able to push information gathered during a patient consult directly to most electronic health record systems, allowing Glass-wearing physicians to maintain eye contact with patients during consults.

"[Physicians] put on Google Glass, walk in the clinic room and engage with the patient," Augmedix CEO and co-founder Ian Shakil told Fox Business. "From that conversation, we generate notes, charts and documentation in real time." The resulting notes and documentation need physician edits less than 1 percent of the time, according to Mr. Shakil.

As part of the Dignity Health trial, three physicians have been using the Google Glass app since January. Early results show the amount of time the physicians spent entering information into the EHR system decreased from 33 percent of their days to 9 percent, and the physicians were subsequently able to increase the percent of their days spent with patients from 35 percent to 70 percent.

Augmedix plans to use its recent capital influx to forge more partnerships with providers and expand throughout the country. Its new status as a Glass Certified Partner should help — just five companies were selected to create enterprise solutions for Google Glass, though one is Wearable Intelligence, which is fueling Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's foray into hands-free EHR access using Google Glass.

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