Take a couple of minutes to watch this:
Then contemplate whether these have a future.
Aside from the visual identification of drugs, Jessica Seilheimer has suggested Google Goggles has the potential to identify skin infections as part of its serving as an authoritative guide to a wide range of self-diagnostic questions that have unequivocal visual signifiers.
Google Goggles allows users to take photos that are then scanned by the application, and searched. Ideally, those searches would be ranked in order of relevance to resolve scanned images of skin conditions scanned to high quality evidence-based results such as those contained within Evidence-Based Medicine Guidelines. The latter contains dermatological disease images, electrocardiograms, retinopathic pictures, and a variety of visual diagnostic aids.
It is relevant, reliable, timely, but not unfortunately not accessible unless you happen to have a license. It’s a shame that content that has such an immediate and obvious application is locked away behind a paywall rather than facilitating access to high quality health information for the 85% of online Europeans in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain who now turn to the Internet and other technologies for health and prescription drug information, as well as those seeking the same everywhere else in the world.
To what uses do you think Google Goggles could be put in healthcare?