While Microsoft has been pushing Kinect's potential in doctor training, physical therapy and telemedicine, a Canadian engineering team has produced an application that allows healthcare professionals to access patient charts during surgery without touching a thing. With more and more Canadian health records going entirely digital, healthcare profesionals who need to access them during surgery have relied on computers to do so - and anyone who owns a keyboard can imagine how sterile that isn't. But now, surgeons at Toronto's Sunnybrook hospital are using the "Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device" in history to access patients' health records (such as MRIs, X rays, and CT scans) quickly and germ-free. Also, using Kinect means that doctors don't have to waste time sterilizing their hands before and after every use of the computers in the OR, potentially shortening surgeries, and therefore lessening trauma to patients.
There's no word on whether this experiment will be tried in other hospitals, but with the many billions of dollars spent on health care around the world, it's hard not to see Microsoft, or at least its partners, pounce on this idea.