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How This Google Glass Startup Is Saving Doctors Time

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This story appears in the December 2014 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

After meeting at Stanford University’s biodesign program, Ian Shakil and Pelu Tran began tossing around concepts for a health-care startup. In the summer of 2012, after trying Google Glass for the first time, an idea came into focus: What if they created a service for doctors—powered by the device—to record, store and retrieve patient health records? And what if that service could vastly reduce the avalanche of data entry doctors face each day?

Gabriela Hasbun

The pair quickly dove into engineering; Shakil left his marketing and business-development job, and Tran—then a fourth-year med student—put his studies on hold. The result: Augmedix, a Google Glass platform that automatically populates a patient’s electronic health records based on conversations during appointments with physicians. Additionally, physicians using the service can verbally request details from a patient’s records, such as cholesterol count or blood pressure, and the information immediately pops up in the smart specs. 

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