NHS Highland is working with an Inverness-based technology company to develop the use of smart glasses in health care.
The health board has teamed up with Summit Wearable Solutions to test its smart glasses technology for use in surgery and cardiology, as well as delivering remote care and education.
Surgeons in the Highlands started testing the devices in trial surgeries this month.
Summit Wearable chief executive Chris Bryson said: “in both surgery and cardiology, the surgeon works with the patient, but is looking away, in some cases at a whole wall of monitors. We can take the information on those monitors and certain vital signs and put those in the glasses as display so they can be focusing on the patient.
“In the future we might provide augmented reality where you could overlay imaging information on top of the view of the patient.”
He said the hardware, software and platforms will be in place to allow the glasses to be used in a live surgery within a year.
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