During this simulation, Dr. Luis Rodriguez Anaya and Dr. Bibi Singh demonstrate the Hippo Virtual Care Platform on voice-activated hands-free devices (Hippo enabled RealWear HMT-1) to integrate first-year medical students into the patient-care clinical experience. The Barry University virtual classroom directly enables clinicians and educators to collaborate virtually in real time and from any geography.

SEATTLE, April 19, 2021Hippo Technologies, Inc. ™ (Hippo), a global virtual care company delivering solutions for healthcare and medical education, announced today that Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine is using the Hippo Virtual CareTM (HVC) platform to provide its medical educators with remote teaching and proctoring, continuing medical education, and consultation solutions.

“The Hippo technology will enable us to bring streaming doctor-patient visits to our classrooms, for real-time clinical experience for our first-year students,” says Barry University Podiatric School of Medicine Interim Dean, Dr. Robert Snyder. “Beyond further elevating the cutting-edge educational experience of our students, we anticipate utilizing it on medical mission trips, connecting underserved communities with our world-class providers.”

Using Hippo’s Virtual Medical Education solution, Barry University faculty will wear HVC hands free, voice-activated headsets during medical training, examinations, diagnostic procedures, treatments, and medical device demonstrations. The HVC platform’s high-definition video and voice-activated interface enables medical educators and physicians to use the devices to communicate in real-time with medical students who are viewing remotely — providing students a “through the eyes of the clinician” perspective. The HVC platform and wearable devices combine the benefits of in-person learning with the safety and opportunities of virtual education and remote care.

In addition to education, Barry University will be using the HVC platform to assess students through remote proctoring, allowing educators to evaluate skills in real time. The ability to record procedures through the HVC “store-and-forward” function enables students and faculty to review and discuss clinical practice after a training or procedure and keep an historical record of progress.

The Hippo HVC platform is interoperable and HIPAA and GDPR compliant, connecting enterprise systems, databases, IoT devices, wearables and technologies together to bridge the gap between physical care and virtual care.

HVC is implemented by some of the most prominent nursing schools, medical schools, and universities globally. In total, an aggregate of more than 200,000 students have leveraged Hippo’s technologies for virtual education.

“We are extremely grateful for our partnership with such a forward-thinking and innovative university, and look forward to not only serving the greater Miami area, but expanding our global reach through Barry’s international programs,” said Brian Hamilton, President and Co-founder of Hippo Technologies, Inc. “Barry’s deployment of the HVC platform has taught us how to maximize our relationships in the education sector, and it has further solidified our strategy for incorporating our partners into the Hippo HIVE community.”

In October 2020, the company launched the Hippo HIVE, a knowledge forum and meeting place for members to distribute virtual care information through white papers, blogs, interviews, articles, and research. Developed to be an education epicenter, Hippo invites its university partners to contribute to the HIVE with the goal of democratizing healthcare and education by making access affordable and available to all.

For more information on Hippo Technologies, Inc., please visit www.myhippo.life

About Hippo Technologies, Inc.

Hippo Technologies, Inc., is a global virtual care company servicing the healthcare and medical education industries. The Hippo Virtual CareTM platform includes a hands-free, voice-activated, head-worn tablet and HIPAA/GDPR compliant software allowing clinicians to communicate and video conference in real time with remote colleagues and students, search medical records, and automatically access files and imaging during patient examinations, procedures, consultations and rounding. Hippo delivers a unique “through the eyes of the clinician” experience with all the safety and convenience of remote care. For more information, please visit https://myhippo.life/contact/.

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About Barry University

Barry University is located in Miami Shores, Florida, and is a private, Catholic institution with a history of academic excellence in the Dominican tradition. Founded in 1940, the University enrolls approximately 7,500 students across undergraduate and graduate programs. The School of Podiatric Medicine was founded in 1985 with the purpose of graduating competent podiatric physicians qualified to enter post-graduate training. This is accomplished by excellence in podiatric medical education, fostering life-long learning, expressing a commitment to social justice by serving the local and global community through patient care, and encouraging research and innovation that promotes the common good.

For additional information about Barry University, visit our website at www.barry.edu. To learn more about the School of Podiatric Medicine, visit www.barry.edu/podiatry.

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From cardiology to cancer, many of today’s advanced medical devices require precision training before they can be utilized in a patient setting. In oncology, for example, radiologists commonly use linear accelerator machines (LINAC) to deliver external beam radiation to a precise area with minimal exposure to surrounding tissue. Typically, clinicians receive a minimum of eight weeks of training to learn the basics, followed by three months of hands-on learning with ongoing skills assessments. Each trainee must achieve a high degree of precision before moving to patient care.

This intensive training can be a huge cost barrier and is effectively impossible to complete in-person amidst a global pandemic. Hippo’s Virtual Training™ platform can overcome these barriers, with a hands-free, voice-activated, head-mounted tablet effectively bringing the teacher to the student and allowing you to “see through the eyes of the trainer.” The easy to use headset has an intuitive interface with voice-activated technology, high resolution camera and videoconferencing capability built in, making it simple to learn and seamlessly implement into medical training programs.

Immersive, participatory educational experiences at lower cost

The importance of proper training to master medical devices such as LINAC becomes increasingly important as medical technology continues to advance. It would not be possible to obtain the expertise needed over the phone or using a regular tablet. Hippo’s immersive experience prepares students to become experts and is as effective as in-person training.

Using Hippo’s head-mounted device, skilled clinicians or technicians can deliver training to people around the world from a single location. The head-worn tablet’s high-quality camera allows trainees to videoconference in and see from the expert’s point of view as if they were in the room with them. Similarly, trainees can be guided remotely through hands-on sessions, with the trainer providing instructions through Hippo’s two-way videoconferencing platform. Sessions can be recorded and accessed at scale.

Travel and housing costs to train on some of the more advanced medical devices are often prohibitively expensive for many smaller programs. This prevents students from obtaining valuable training and leaves many clinicians without access to expert guidance. Hippo’s Virtual Training platform overcomes these barriers and connects students and clinicians with experts around the globe, without the excess cost (and risk) of travel.

Real-time guidance and mentoring

Many of the medical devices in use today are complex, and clinicians often face medical situations that were not covered in their training at medical school. Hippo’s Virtual Training platform offers continued access for ongoing mentoring and skills accreditation. When faced with a particularly challenging case, the clinician can wear the headset, giving their mentor a first-hand view of the patient and allowing the mentor to walk the clinician through the procedure or device settings or troubleshoot technical problems in real time.

Microwave ablation is becoming an increasingly popular treatment option for cardiac and oncology care. The use of this technology is quickly expanding to a variety of treatment settings, from open surgery to laparoscopic procedures. Hippo’s Virtual Training platform helps physicians keep up to date on the latest developments and even share their techniques with colleagues and students around the country.

Additionally, Hippo’s platform gives professionals the chance to become proficient in rare surgeries and procedures so they can bring those skills into their clinic. Spinal surgery is perhaps one of the most complex repairs. It can involve a range of medical devices to align, repair, and stabilize the spine. With Hippo’s Virtual Training platform, these and other rare surgeries can be learned from an optimal viewpoint, giving experienced surgeons the knowledge they need to incorporate innovative technologies through the real-time guidance of mentors, no matter their location.  

Increasingly, clinicians are working across therapeutic specialties to provide integrative care. Many providers may need a refresher course on how to use a medical device from another specialty that they do not regularly encounter. Similarly, new medical staff may need training on unfamiliar technologies, such as remote monitoring devices. Setting up new training sessions can be an expensive undertaking. Hippo’s platform allows medical schools, hospitals and device manufacturers to provide regular training sessions to their students and staff easily and efficiently, whether they are refresher courses or getting new trainees up to speed.

Ongoing training and competency assessments

New technologies are entering the medical field at an ever-increasing rate. Even existing devices continue to advance, adding new features and functionality to provide better patient care. In order to keep up, providers need access to ongoing education and training. State-of-the-art care facilities are continuously evaluating and augmenting their staff’s skills. With virtual training enabled by Hippo, supervised assessments and continuing medical education can take place even during a global pandemic.

Hippo’s Virtual Training platform is effortlessly scalable and built to integrate with third-party applications, making it future-proof and allowing your team to benefit for years to come. With Hippo, you can continue to advance the practice of medicine, no matter the distance.

For further information on Hippo’s Virtual Training™ solutions, visit myhippo.life or contact us at engage@myhippo.life.

Augmented or mixed reality headsets used to be a thing of science fiction movies. Today, the Hippo Virtual Care™ Platform with its hands-free, voice-activated, head-worn tablet is making sci-fi a reality for first responders. Hippo is giving first responders real-time access to medical professionals and specialists in the field.

Emergencies are often chaotic, and physicians are rarely the first ones on the scene. Instead, EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) paramedics, firefighters, police, and other first responders must be ready to help patients who may need care beyond their medical skills. Using Hippo’s platform, first responders can connect with physicians in the Emergency Room before an ambulance even arrives. The virtual care headset allows a physician to remotely assess patients from the point of view of the first responder on the scene – enabling more rapid and accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Hippo’s head-worn tablet comes with a micro-display that emulates the look of a 7-inch tablet screen. The voice activation technology and advanced noise-canceling allow first responders to use the system hands-free and navigate different applications. The image stabilizing camera gives medical experts a first-hand view of the field, enabling them to deliver care remotely.

The virtual care headset is 5G enabled, providing high-quality video streaming in real time. “It’s an important step forward because not only can you learn how the patient is when explained over the phone, but you can actually see with your own eyes,” said Luís Rentar, a pediatrician who has been trialing the system in the city of Sabadell, near Barcelona. Additionally, the platform is Bluetooth enabled, allowing it to be seamlessly integrated into hospital systems.

Faster Triage and Smarter Clinical Decisions

The Hippo Virtual Care platform uses voice commands, keeping first responders’ hands free to assist the patient while sharing and receiving visual and audio directions from a physician. This wealth of transmitted information helps medical providers triage and diagnose patients before the ambulance has even arrived at the medical bay, allowing for faster and more informed emergency care.

Hippo’s system also allows physicians to advise first responders in the field. By giving them a first-hand view of the trauma scene, Hippo’s platform enables physicians to provide the on-site responder with life-saving medical instructions for patients who require immediate care.

Knowing what patients require before they even reach the ambulance bay also enables the hospital to prepare for a critically ill patient’s arrival. By seeing the patient and assessing their wounds and medical state, the treatment center can not only prioritize a patient’s needs, they can also set up the treatment center so everything they need is ready before the patient even arrives.

Saving Lives Today

The hands-free device keeps EMS safe and focused during critical tasks, all while receiving and transmitting vital information to a physician. The Hippo Virtual Care platform is currently being used in Norway by EMTs to provide life-saving care in emergency situations. Medical staff in ICUs are also taking advantage of this state-of-the-art technology to treat COVID-19 patients quickly and safely.

A first responder in Norway had this to say about using the innovative technology: “Hippo enables me to communicate quickly and effectively with colleagues back in the ER. It’s reassuring to have an extra set of eyes on what I’m seeing and doing.”

Hippo’s platform is easy to use and comes with plug and play installation and remote setup, allowing for quick and easy training. Often, first responders do not know what kind of situation they are walking into when they get a call, and have to be prepared to operate in harsh environments. Hippo’s platform was built to keep up with these demands. The headset is dust and water resistant and can survive a 2-meter drop onto concrete. The rechargeable batteries provide continuous 12-hour use, allowing the headset to accommodate long hours in the field.

At Hippo, we stand behind first responders. Our mission is to serve patients and those who care for them by leading the transformation to virtual care for providers and educators. Our team is helping to expand access to clinical expertise and technologies to improve the quality and safety of healthcare, globally.

My Grandfather, Ralph Albert Hamilton

I would like to share the ethos of Hippo Technologies that originates from the themes off the Hippocratic Oath: 

H = Health

I =   Integrity

P = People

P = Purpose

= Outcomes 

My personal calling for working in the healthcare industry started in eighth grade when I was pushing a cart around the Surgical Pathology department at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland as one of my first forms of official employment. Healthcare was part of my family’s lineage. My earliest memories as a young boy were hearing my parents talk in a language I did not understand, discussing topics around gastroenterology, pathology, oncology; science and its application to medicine were central themes during our dinner conversations.

 

My Grandfather, Ralph Albert Hamilton, was a hospital administrator for Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was a pioneer in computing at Lutheran Hospital developing the hospital’s first data processing center for supply chain management and he went on to run the purchasing department. 

My father, Stan Hamilton, dedicated his life to the study of medicine and was a Pathologist at Johns Hopkins, for 25 years. He subsequently spent 21 years as Head of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas, and as of three months ago is the Chair of Pathology at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Southern California.

 

My mother, Cheryl, worked in a clinical laboratory right after college at the same time she was expecting me, her first child.  My mother still works with my father to this day as a clinical research assistant.

 

My sister Kim lives in Colorado and runs her and her husband’s veterinary practice and also is a professional equestrian rider. 

 

My little brother, Mark, just graduated from Hofstra Medical School after retiring from Major League Baseball. He is starting his residency early and will be battling COVID-19 on the front lines in the New York City Area.

My Father, Stan Hamilton
My sister, Kim
My little brother, Mark

The journey to founding Hippo Technologies did not take shape until 2019 when I had the opportunity to deploy some of the first hands-free wearable computing use cases in rounding, proctoring and consultation in Nigeria. This deployment was facilitated by Hippo Technologies CEO and CEO Emeritus of Ochsner Health Dr. Patrick Quinlan and Dr. Wale Sulaiman who is CEO and Chairman of RNZ Global, Nigeria, whose story you must read to believe. Both are founders in Hippo.

My experience in Nigeria with Dr. Sulaiman and his staff was so eye-opening and rewarding that my time in sub-Saharan Africa became a calling.

Being able to help people through the use of technology has always been a key focus of mine and actually seeing it applied to help and care for people with new forms of open access was gratifying to the point that I knew we had to launch this company to serve patients and those that care for them. Our mission is to make the world a better place and to deliver equality of access in health healthcare for all people regardless of what country they are from or economic means.

There was one story in particular in Port Harcourt, Nigeria at RNZ (Royal Dutch Shell) Hospital which made me realize the power of the work being done. A woman was going into surgery and was literally being wheeled into the operating room and one of the doctors started a pre-op consult with her. She smiled and wanted to try the device before her surgery, and she was able to interact with not just the physician treating her but others in the hospital instantaneously before her procedure. At that moment, I saw the future of Hippo Virtual Care (HVC) – the power and availability and also the clinician-patient connection that technology made possible. It was a life changing experience.

Hippo is now making this a reality. Supporting the clinical community was an important reason why we started this company. The current COVID-19 pandemic effectively sped up our plans for the company’s launch and our pilots. In January, the Hippo team mobilized to send the HVC (Hippo Virtual Care) platform to the front lines in Wuhan, China. Today, HVC (Hippo Virtual Care) pilot deployments are being pushed into clinical settings and intensive care units to support clinicians, front-line health workers and COVID-19 patients, and helping to provide a connection for patients to their families and join with clinicians on rounds to see and get updates. There will be more stories to share in the coming weeks on how Hippo is helping to deliver on its vision for virtual care in the United States and around the world.  

My expectations for Hippo as a company are that collectively we will create networks without borders and knowledge without boundaries, while removing the barriers of distance, time and training to access medical care whenever and wherever it’s needed.  

I’m excited about the future and I welcome any feedback from everyone about how we can work together to transform the future of healthcare.

Brian Hamilton
Co-Founder & President 
Hippo Technologies, Inc.

www.myhippo.life