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Children's Hospital Patients Visit Zoo from Hospital Beds through Google Glass


Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, together with the help of the Google Glass Explorer program, is enhancing the patient experience in a way never before possible. The hospital recently allowed kids of all ages to virtually “visit” the Houston Zoo, located across the street from the hospital, without ever leaving their hospital beds.

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About Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital

CMHH Logo 160pxChildren’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is a 278-bed hospital dedicated to pediatric and neonatal care with an additional 68 beds dedicated to women’s services. In partnership with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, Children’s Memorial Hermann specialists provide care for more than 120,000 patient visits annually, including the tiniest premature infants, children and adolescents.

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is the first children’s hospital in Texas to obtain Google Glass and this is the first project of its kind in the United States – a “double glass hangout” – with two Explorer programs joining together for a one-of-a-kind experience.

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About the Houston Zoo

Houston Zoo logoThe Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts. There are over 6,000 permanent residents for whom they provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! More than 2 million guests each year come to experience the incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. The dedicated staff at the Houston Zoo works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well being of our residents and guests.

The Houston Zoo was selected for the Google Glass Explorers program during the summer of 2013. The Zoo has been excited to share incredible animal experiences, allowing the public to ride along with the keepers to explore giraffes, clouded leopards, birds, and more.

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