While Google Glass is being touted as the next supercool personal device for the consumer market (see videos here), a debate is growing over its potential use in the medical industry.

While Glass has not yet been officially launched, several startups in the medical field have already taken steps to employ the device in their new products and applications.

SFGate reports that Austin, Texas-based Pristine’s app EyeSight enables physicians and nurses to transmit live video and audio of wound patients from Glass to authorized computers, smartphones, and tablets. The company is rolling out the technology at outpatient wound care clinics operated by Wound Care Advantage in Southern California.

Other startup companies working on Google Glass projects are Augmedix, which is working on a system that would roughly translate information from Glass's audiovisual stream directly into a patient's medical record, and Healium, which is also developing an app that would let doctors share patient information through Glass.

Not everyone is on board with the use of Glass for medical applications. Privacy and ethical issues top these medical experts' concerns. 

Dr. Matthew S. Katz, the medical director of radiation oncology at Lowell General Hospital in Massachusetts, suggested in a New York Times report that a doctor wearing Glass could accidentally stream confidential medical information online, and patients might not feel comfortable with their doctors wearing cameras on their faces.

“From an ethical standpoint, the bar is higher for use in a medical setting,” Katz told the Times. “As a doctor, I have to make sure that what I’m doing is safe and secure for my patients —'First, do no harm.’ Until I am, I don’t want it in my practice.”