LITTLE ROCK, AR – UAMS’ Dr. Christian Assad says medicine is only one of his real passions in life. That’s why he’s embracing a new technology.
“I’ve always been very passionate about technology,” he said. “Before medicine I thought about going into I.T. or electrical engineering.”
Why he was a shoe-in to be selected as one of only 30 doctor’s worldwide to have an opportunity to develop applications for one of the latest breakthroughs, Google Glass.
“I know people might think they’re weird but as soon as someone tries them in the medical field ideas start forming,” he said.
It’s like a smartphone in your direct vision, creating an augmented reality for which Dr. Assad sees endless possibilities.
He helped develop the application CPR glass, an application that walks Google Glass wearers step-by-step through CPR when there is an emergency.
The application can even monitor the victim’s pulse and call 9-1-1 while still showing the wearer what to do.
“If you want to fix health care, you have to use the innovation and creativity of your staff,” said Dr. Assad.