Continuing Medical Education (CME) comprises educational activities designed to maintain, develop, or augment the knowledge a physician applies in providing myriad patient services. These are skills that benefit both the public and the profession through performance enhancements and keeping abreast of the latest medical advances.

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) defines CME content as that body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession. It is vital to the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of healthcare to the public. The definition is broad, encompassing continuing educational activities that assist physicians in carrying out their professional responsibilities more effectively and efficiently. 

Rural Healthcare and Subspecialists Feel Pandemic Pressure

Amid national lockdown restrictions, all medical conferences and workshops were postponed or canceled. Electronic education (e-Education) platforms providing content such as online conferences, webinars, and medical blogs have helped sustain CME during the pandemic. Rural healthcare practices have been particularly affected, including unique challenges in caring for very remote patient populations, as well as providers grappling with new telemedicine platforms as care delivery goes virtual.

Subspecialty areas have also felt the impact. Medical infrastructures and healthcare recruitment efforts are being challenged like never before. From reinstating retired physicians and nurses to the early start dates for medical school graduation and residencies – policies are being enacted to meet demand shortages.

Technology Addresses COVID-19 Head-on

The COVID-19 crisis has forced the healthcare sector and institutes of education at all levels to turn to virtual solutions. Benefits include cost-effectiveness compared to physical meetings, increased productivity and efficiency. The greatest benefit of all during the pandemic is health and public safety.

Among the various ways the medical sector is using technology is proctoring, or the assessment of medical skills and competencies. Proctors benefit from being able to perform remote supervision during examinations, processes, and procedures. Significant time and cost-savings are realized due to decreased travel time. It reduces appointment delays and cancellations and risk of contracting or spreading communicable diseases. The same approach can be deployed to address the challenges for Continuing Medical Education.

Seattle-based Hippo Technologies, Inc. takes virtual medical education one step further through the use of the latest in wearable computing. Their hands-free, voice-activated, head-worn tablets and Smart Glasses provide a “through the eyes of the clinician” viewpoint, enabling remote healthcare professionals to communicate in real-time with colleagues, and participate virtually during patient examinations, procedures, consults and rounding as if they were there. This gives rural healthcare professionals in particular virtual access to clinical environments and cases that they might not otherwise experience.

Hippo’s Virtual CME offering is supported by an industry-leading HIPAA-compliant platform, enabling clinicians to view and share medical records and imaging, and participate in 1:1 or group learning sessions.

James Marinucci is a strategic advisor for Hippo, and former faculty member and Director of Medical Education and Training Programs at The George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine, where he developed a variety of medical education courses including CME. According to Marinucci, “Retired physicians are rejoining the workforce to help combat the global pandemic. They need refresher courses at a time when such activities cannot be conducted in the normal fashion. While videos showing a physician conducting a specific procedure might be available, Hippo offers a superior ‘through the eyes of clinician’ real-time solution. Innovative new procedures or opportunities to learn about rare disease cases seldom encountered by rural physicians are suddenly made accessible, wherever you’re located.”

Marinucci is currently Principal and CEO at Alleanza Group and Komodo Korps, which partners with healthcare organizations to design and deliver a wide variety of CME and professional development programs to support healthcare and non-healthcare professionals in multiple service sectors. “We utilize innovative technologies we consider superior in the market and, when appropriate, integrate them into everyday practice,” according to Marinucci.

In addition to the latest in wearable technology solutions for the medical space, Hippo also established the Healthcare Institute for Virtual Education™ (HIVE) in response to the growing demand for knowledge and best practices in the burgeoning field of Virtual Care. The HIVE serves as a forum for global learning and sharing, featuring thought leadership articles, white papers, industry news and virtual care case studies from around the world.

Collaboration. Innovation. Education.

Together, companies like Hippo and Komodo Korps are working to address myriad issues brought on by the global pandemic related to virtual care in general and the challenges for medical education in particular.

“Funding for CME continues to be cut back,” Marinucci remarked. “Solutions like Hippo offer more bang for the buck. While you can never replace face-to-face, virtual technologies and wearable computing offer the next best thing. Rural markets and remote, less affluent areas can be reached and engaged via these powerful connected tools,” he concluded.

NEW YORK CITY, February 25, 2021 |

Today, the European-American Chamber of Commerce New York (EACCNY) is pleased to congratulate its member firm Hippo Technologies, Inc., (Hippo Technologies), one of the leading virtual care companies that is delivering solutions for healthcare and medical education, as Hippo Technologies reaches the close of its inaugural year in business.

Hippo Technologies’ flagship product, the Hippo Virtual CareTM (HVC) platform, was introduced to the market through more than 20 hospitals across China at the onset of the COVID pandemic, in the cities of Wuhan, Suzhou, Kunshan, Guangzhou, and Xian. It has since grown to have operations across nearly every continent, with burgeoning business in both Europe and the United Kingdom. Today, Hippo Technologies is assisting the expansion of Hippo Virtual Care in many European countries, including Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

“These unprecedented times bring a growing need for virtual care as companies work tirelessly to increase accessibility to healthcare and improve overall patient outcomes,” said Yvonne Bendinger-Rothschild, Executive Director of EACCNY. “Through international collaboration, technology companies such as Hippo provide solutions that make a global impact, and we are proud to have them as a member of the EACC.”

Hippo Technologies’ first-year success has been, in part, a product of the company’s mutually beneficial relationship with EACCNY.  Hippo Technologies Vice Chairman & Chief Financial Officer, George King, has a more than 5-year relationship with EACCNY and Hippo along with many of EACCNY’s members, share a commitment to transatlantic cooperation and commerce.

“We are constantly inspired by EACCNY’s commitment to transatlantic connectivity and the sharing of best practices on among other issues how health care is delivered in the European Markets and across the U.S.  We are appreciative of our special relationship with the organization, as well the support we have across Europe,” said Hippo Technologies Founders Dr. Pat Quinlan, CEO, and Brian Hamilton, President. “Our goal at Hippo Technologies is to provide access and drive solutions across the world, and with a partner like EACCNY, we are bridging the global divide in quality of health care through impactful transatlantic partnerships.”

While Hippo Technologies has seen growth and opportunity through its relationship with EACCNY, the two organizations are planning a 2021 healthcare program in which Hippo Technologies Founder & CEO Dr. Pat Quinlan will be a panelist.

About European-American Chamber of Commerce New York

The European-American Chamber of Commerce® provides its members with access to transatlantic business opportunities as well as timely and relevant information, resources and support on matters affecting business activities between Europe and the U.S. The organization’s New York Chapter (EACCNY) works to stimulate business development and facilitate networking and relationships between European and American businesses and other professional organizations.  EACCNY’s local audience in New York is composed of industry-leading organizations and individuals in financial and legal services, media, consulting and professional services, manufacturing, retail, real estate, international trade, and other business sectors emblematic of the tri-state area. For more information, please visit https://eaccny.com.

About Hippo Technologies, Inc.

Hippo Technologies, Inc., is a leading virtual care company servicing the healthcare and medical education sectors.  The Hippo Virtual CareTM platform includes 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, using a variety of delivery devices, with the safety and convenience of remote care. For more information, please visit https://myhippo.life/contact/

Contact:

Carrie Booze
North 6th Agency
(212) 334-9753, ext. 142
Hippo[at]n6a.com

Proctoring – the objective evaluation of a provider’s clinical competence by someone serving as a proctor (representative of and responsible to the medical staff) – is an important peer-review tool and “checkpoint” prior to granting privileges and an essential part of clinical training for healthcare professionals including medical students, nurses and residents. According to The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), there are three types of proctoring: prospective, concurrent, and retrospective. Typically, there are three primary categories for the proctor to observe and evaluate: clinical knowledge, understanding of equipment, and fluency with the technique and procedure.

A written report with a detailed assessment of the applicant’s performance is submitted to the medical executive committee with a recommendation from the department chair to grant clinical privileges, continue the proctoring period, or deny clinical privileges based on the proctor’s report.

While proctoring is a necessary assessment component in evaluating and certifying a healthcare practitioner’s skills, “the process can face significant challenges,” according to former Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente Dr. David Lawrence. “They stem from the fact that proctors are often also providers, and so proctoring represents a necessary but inconvenient diversion from patient-facing time.”

This can also lead to increased clinical staff shortages and inefficient use of time due to travel and on-site presence requirements. There can also be a lack of retrospective and historical review or documentation of the proctoring process. In the era of COVID-19, you can add scheduling difficulties, travel costs and increased safety concerns to the list.

Proctors are neutral observers

A proctor is not a clinical event assistant, a trainer, a disciplinarian, or even a supervisor. He or she is simply present to observe, assess and report. However, it’s easy to imagine a situation in which a proctor may feel the need to intervene or assist the practitioner (e.g., in the event of imminent potential harm to the patient). While this situation rarely occurs, it is a distinct possibility.

In the majority of cases, a proctor acts only as a monitor to evaluate technical and cognitive skills. Proctors do not directly provide patient care. They also have no physician-patient relationship with those being treated.

Face to face replaced by virtual proctoring

The COVID-19 crisis has forced companies and institutes of education at all levels to turn to virtual solutions. The benefits have been realized and include cost-effectiveness compared to physical meetings, increased productivity and efficiency. The greatest benefit of all during the pandemic is public health and safety.

Among the emerging companies offering a robust solution is Seattle-based Hippo Technologies, Inc. A leader in wearable computing for healthcare, their Hippo Virtual Proctoring™ solution is revolutionizing the proctoring experience. It does so by promoting time and cost-savings via remote, effective video collaboration during proctoring sessions. Importantly, it allows real-time communication from multiple devices and dispersed locations. All while simplifying the assessment, evaluation and certification of clinical skills.

The provider being assessed wears Hippo’s voice-activated head-mounted tablet during their patient examination, giving the proctor a “through the eyes of the practitioner” first-person view. Meanwhile, one or more proctors are able to observe, mentor, guide and evaluate their skills from a remote location. This highly effective and efficient proctoring solution can be deployed to assess clinical and surgical skills and patient care, as well as medical device operation and certification.

Proctoring reimagined

The Hippo solution delivers a range of benefits for both the providers being assessed and the proctors who are able to remotely assess and evaluate skills from any location or device. Included are live and recorded video conferencing with proctors, hands-free and voice-activated operation, and the ability to receive discrete instructions and guidance from proctors to enhance performance through internal speakers (with noise cancellation) without interfering with the provider-patient interaction.

According to Dr. Lawrence, “Real time proctoring is an essential part of assessing student performance and guiding the learning process. Hippo expands the capacity of any clinical training program to provide this critical interaction.”

Additionally, practitioners benefit from the visualization of patient medical records, evidence-based guidelines, or imaging on the micro-display without turning away from the patient and without visual field constraint. Finally, there is the post-procedural review option, allowing clinicians to playback their performance and identify opportunities for improving techniques or bedside manner.

Proctors benefit from the ability to perform remote supervision during examinations, processes, and procedures as if they were there in person. Significant time and cost savings are realized due to decreased travel. Appointment delays and cancellations are also reduced, as is risk of contracting or spreading communicable diseases. Remote video zoom-in and flashlight for improved proctor view are useful additional features.

According to Dr. Patrick Quinlan, CEO and Co-founder of Hippo Technologies, Inc., “Clinical proctoring is an important peer review tool for physicians seeking privileges in hospitals and healthcare organizations.” The practice has surged especially in healthcare during the coronavirus pandemic, as clinicians from a range of sub-specialties have been drafted in to provide critical care in the face of burgeoning staff shortages. Against this background, “Our virtual proctoring solution gives healthcare organizations and medical schools the chance to quickly and conveniently conduct robust and secure assessments remotely, from anywhere in the world,” Quinlan concluded.

SEATTLEFeb. 25, 2021 / PRNewswire / — Hippo Technologies™ (Hippo), a virtual care company delivering solutions for healthcare and medical education, today celebrated its first year in business.

Founded by Patrick Quinlan, M.D. and  Brian Hamilton, and Co-Founded by Wale Sulaiman, M.D., Craig Williams, Esq., and George King, Hippo introduces a Polymorphic Medicine approach, delivering the optimal blend of self-care, physical care, and virtual care.

Having been formally incorporated in February 2020, Hippo is pleased to provide a company update outlining its milestones over the last 12 months.

Executive Team

Hippo’s executive team is made up of experienced leaders who are  multi-dimensional professionals with varied expertise across the company formation, corporate governance, healthcare, technology and mobile device sectors globally.

Pat Quinlan, CEO, brings to the company an extensive history in healthcare delivery, government relations and international business development. Quinlan is CEO Emeritus of the Ochsner Health System and lead director for the PanAmerican Life insurance Group.

Hippo Technologies President, Brian Hamilton, co-founded RealWear, Inc., which has been dubbed the “gold standard” for hands-free industrial wearable headsets for the connected worker. In this position Hamilton helped to establish a global sales force and ISV/Channel network in more than 50 countries.

Wale Sulaiman, Chief Medical Officer, is a skilled neurosurgeon, and concurrently serves as CEO and Chairman of RNZ Global Ltd., a leader in healthcare development, operations, and management in sub-Saharan Africa.

Craig Williams, EVP Strategy & General Counsel, is widely respected in the global non-profit community for his 30+ years of service in leading organizations. These include Robert Woods Johnson Medical Center, The Archdiocese of New York, MedShare, and Conquer Paralysis Now.

George King, Vice Chairman & Chief Financial Officer, has held leadership positions in the United States, the United KingdomCanada, and Abu Dhabi (UAE). King’s experience includes Wall Street with Mudge Rose and investment bank Credit Suisse. He is the co-founder or Chairman of three publicly traded global telecom and satellite technology companies. His board experience includes Chairman and Vice Chairman roles and Chair of the Audit Committee in a multitude of companies.

Hippo Virtual Care (HVC)

Hippo’s flagship product, the Hippo Virtual Care™ (HVC) platform, was introduced to the market through more than 20 hospitals across China at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the cities of Wuhan, Suzhou, Kunshan, Guangzhou, and Xian. Following the success in Wuhan, Hippo completed subsequent program rollouts at RNZ Global in Nigeria and tier one institutions throughout the US. To date, HVC has been deployed on six continents, with significant operations in BelgiumFinlandFranceGermanyIrelandItalyLuxembourgthe NetherlandsNorwayPolandSpainSwedenSwitzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Using HVC’s hands-free, voice-activated devices and smart glasses, clinicians are able to communicate in real-time with remote colleagues, retrieve medical records, and automatically access files and imaging during patient examinations, procedures, consults and rounding. The platform has proven to improve clinical efficiency, allow faster triage, and enable smarter clinical decision making and enhanced engagement with patients.

HVC has since developed several modules to support the digital transformation of clinical workflows including a Telehealth Suite, Education and Nursing Suite, Home Health and Remote Monitoring Suite, and Care Team Collaboration Suite.

HVC is equipped with the AES256 encryption and, in addition to HIPAA and GDPR compliance, it supports FEDRAMP and is an Authority to Operate platform. Hippo Technologies is engaged in creating compliance passports for some of the complex organizations and governments.

Hippo Healthcare Institute for Virtual Education  (HIVE)

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, the purpose of the HIVE is to democratize healthcare and education, making access affordable and available to all.

In January 2021, Hippo partnered with EVERFI, Inc., the leading social impact education innovator, to provide members with comprehensive Wellness and Mental Health Programs focused on raising confidence and increasing knowledge around wellness and mental health, prescription drugs, and financial responsibility. The digital content library features more than 55 learning sequences including interactive videos, surveys, and scenario-based learning in a mobile-first design, and is available in both English and Spanish.

Hippo Global Health Initiative (HGHI)

In November 2020, Hippo and the Children of War Foundation (COWF) made history by deploying the first real-time HVC triage for children with time-sensitive medical conditions in isolated refugee encampments along the SyriaJordan border. Coupled with the HVC platform, COWF’s physicians utilize Hippo’s hands-free mobility solutions to video conference live with colleagues and specialists around the world to aid their limited resources on the ground.

As a result of the partnership and the desire to expand these efforts to additional countries in need, Hippo launched the Hippo Global Health Initiative, an inclusive organization focused on providing services to low and middle income countries in need.

“Hippo is focused on delivering access to healthcare for all through technology and is committed to changing virtual care as we know it in a post-COVID world by delivering the full mobility solution which is required for technology adoption in the complex world of healthcare,” said Hamilton. “We are extremely proud of what the team has been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time and look forward to continued growth in 2021.”

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

About Hippo Technologies, Inc.

Hippo Technologies, Inc., is a leading virtual care company servicing the healthcare and medical education sectors. The Hippo Virtual Care™ 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/

Hippo Technologies, Inc., CEO, Patrick Quinlan, M.D., appointed to the IoT Community Advisory Board and Healthcare IoT Center of Excellence

Hippo Technologies, Inc., to present a keynote address, at the IoT Day Slam 2021, April 9th, 2021 – World IoT Day 2021

San Francisco, CA, Feb 3rd The IoT Community (Internet of Things Community), the world’s largest community of CXOs and IoT professionals and practitioners, announces Hippo Technologies, Inc., a virtual care company delivering solutions for healthcare and medical education, has joined its elite ecosystem as a Platinum level corporate member. Its industry-leading Hippo Virtual Care™ platform and products bridge the gap between physical care and virtual care, enabling healthcare providers and educators to overcome the barriers of time, distance and training.

Hippo Technologies, Inc., will be participating in the series of IoT Slam events, taking place throughout 2021. In addition, Dr. Patrick Quinlan, CEO and Co-founder of Hippo Technologies, Inc., a healthcare industry veteran and former CEO of Ochsner Health, is appointed to the IoT Community Advisory Board and will serve on the Healthcare IoT Center of Excellence in an at-large capacity – collectively helping advance the evolution and uptake of next generation IoT-enabled solutions.

Hippo Technologies, Inc., joins the elite IoT Community ecosystem comprising the biggest names in technology and household names across the IoT industry. Over the past five years, IoT Community has engaged with industry leaders to create the most compelling and trusted thought leadership content in the IoT ecosystem.

Hippo Technologies, Inc., will work collaboratively with the community to address the wide variety of barriers, inhibitors, and technical and operational issues that accompany the Healthcare IoT, Digital Health and Virtual Care ecosystems helping to make a real difference particularly in underserved and under-resourced communities around the world.

Also by virtue of this coming together of the two organizations, IoT Community individual members, of which there are 26,000-plus globally, will now be able to gain access to exclusive content via Hippo Technologies’, Inc., Hippo HIVE, the Hippo Healthcare Institute for Virtual Education, that provides access to quality healthcare and education to everyone, everywhere. The roll-out of this integration is expected to be completed by April 9th, in time for the IoT Day Slam 2021.

At the April 9th 2021, IoT Day Slam virtual event, Hippo Technologies, Inc., joins a world class lineup of IoT thought leaders and executive speakers where they will deliver a keynote address at this landmark event, which marks the IoT Community’s fourteenth IoT Slam branded event. The event is held annually in celebration of World IoT Day 2021, April 9th.

David Hill, Executive Director of the IoT Community said: “We are delighted to welcome Hippo Technologies, Inc., to our IoT Community corporate member ecosystem as a Platinum level corporate member, adding Dr. Quinlan and President and Co-founder Brian Hamilton to our Advisory Board and Healthcare IoT CoE. Hippo’s powerful virtual care offerings enable increased safety and convenience, as well as the ability to scale and share knowledge without boundaries, improving access to quality healthcare and improving outcomes. We look forward to helping make a real difference advocating the deployment and use of these transformative technologies across the Healthcare domain and beyond.”

Dr. Tom Bradicich, Hewlett Packard Fellow, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and IoT Community Advisory Board Chair: “We are pleased that Hippo Technologies, Inc., will join us in the IoT Community, and that Dr. Patrick Quinlan, will join our Advisory Board. We look forward to hearing their future vision for edge-to-cloud Healthcare at our 2021 IoT Slam events, beginning at the April 9th IoT Day Slam.”

Patrick Quinlan, CEO, Hippo Technologies, Inc., said: “Becoming a member of the prestigious IoT Community is a real honor for Hippo Technologies, Inc., and we are thrilled to join as Platinum Members. I am proud and excited to join the IoT Community Advisory Board and Healthcare IoT Center of Excellence, helping to further raise the focus at a core level, on the critically important issues relating to Healthcare and IoT.”

Chris Sullivan: Global Healthcare practice lead, Zebra Technologies and Chair of the IoT Community Healthcare IoT Center of Excellence, said: “We are excited to welcome Hippo Technologies, Inc., and Dr. Patrick Quinlan to the Healthcare IoT Center of Excellence, and by doing so, adding great depth of expertise in transformative virtual care – one of the core areas of focus for the HIoTCoE in 2021, in view of the global virus pandemic.”

IoT Day Slam 2021 Registration Details

Virtual Broadcast: Access to the IoT Day Slam 2021 virtual event on April 9th, is FREE to all. To register for the live and real-time global broadcast, visit: https://iotslam.com/iot-slam-conference-registration/

IoT Community Practitioner Membership (Free Individual membership)

IoT Practitioners seeking to expand their knowledge in the IoT are welcome to join the world’s largest community consisting of 26,000+ members here for FREE. https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4662022

Collaboration Opportunities

IoT solution providers seeking accession to the IoT Community™ should email info@iotcommunity.net

About IoT Community (Internet of Things Community)

The IoT Community is the world’s largest CxO community of senior business leaders and IoT practitioners consisting of 26,000+ members. The function is to focus on adoption and application of IoT in commercial environments, overcoming the variety of barriers, inhibitors, technical and operational issues. For more information, visit http://www.iotcommunity.net  Twitter: Follow @IoTCommunity @IoTChannel or hashtag #IoTCommunity, LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/9370944/

About Hippo Technologies, Inc. 

Hippo Technologies, Inc., is a virtual care company delivering products and services for healthcare and medical education. The Hippo Virtual Care™ platform connects enterprise systems, databases, IOT devices, wearables and technologies together to bridge the gap between physical care and virtual care. Its products include hands-free, voice-activated, head-worn devices and HIPAA and GDPR compliant software allowing clinicians to communicate and collaborate virtually 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 the safety and convenience of remote care. For more information, visit https://myhippo.life/.

Contact:

IoT Community
David Hill
Executive Director
david.hill@iotcommunity.net

Hippo Technologies, Inc.
Jeff Fishburn
Senior Strategist
jeff@myhippo.life

Clinical trials are trying, even in normal times. The global pandemic has created a world of issues that exacerbate an already complex and inordinately long process. It has fueled massive disruptions that will inevitably have long-lasting effects on medical science.

As with life in general, the virus has severely affected the ability to conduct trials in safe and effective ways. An especially troubling fact when you consider that trials often deal with those vulnerable populations most at risk from exposure.

Thousands of trials have been suspended or stopped due to difficulties in continuing under ever-changing and restrictive conditions. Distrust and safety concerns among patients are at unprecedented levels. Physical distancing to protect them, as well as clinical staff, is paramount. 

Non-COVID-19 clinical trials down 80% due to the pandemic

The Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development interviewed 25 organizations which revealed the following troubling statistics on the impact of the virus on clinical trials:

  • 25% were behind in trial enrollment
  • 48% halted trials for at least one month
  • 92% reported medium-to-high impact on ongoing trials
  • 76% adopted some form of telehealth for routine follow-ups
The move to Decentralized Clinical Trials

Terms for decentralized trials include virtual, hybrid, home, remote, and site-less. While the terms might differ, the goal is the same: making clinical trials easier for patients through reducing or eliminating the need to travel to specific clinical sites. This approach has promised to reduce dropout rates, increase study effectiveness, and reduce time-to-market, potentially saving sponsors billions. Importantly, it also promises to help increase participant diversity: bringing the trial to the patient in their home has helped to engage and enroll those patients who might not have ordinarily participated due to access issues. “Decentralized” doesn’t necessarily mean that trials are conducted without healthcare professionals, however – the need for physical conduct is not completely eliminated (in most cases). But in the COVID-19 era, reducing the amount of physical contact is crucial. In this way, decentralization might be considered the epitome of a patient-centered approach to clinical trial design.

Wearable technologies becoming central to decentralized trials

The first wearable computer was invented in the late 1970s. Today, wearable technologies are ubiquitous and include smartwatches, fitness tracking bands, smart glasses, smart clothing, and more. The increasing use of such remote monitoring technologies in clinical trial design has helped to bring real-world data into play, providing early indications of adverse events and more accurate tracking of participant adherence to clinical trial protocols, which in turn has helped to reduce cost and improve trial efficacy. All while adhering to the most stringent COVID-19 protocols.

Bridging the gap between physical and virtual care

One company looking to disrupt the Decentralized Trials space is Seattle-based Hippo Technologies, Inc., whose Hippo Virtual Care (HVC) platform is helping healthcare providers and educators overcome time, distance, and training barriers during COVID-19. The platform includes a head-mounted, voice activated headset providing a “through the eyes of the user” experience, delivering all the benefits of an in-person experience with the safety and convenience of remote care.

According to Dr. Patrick Quinlan, CEO and Co-founder, “In a Decentralized Clinical Trial scenario, Hippo enables specialist care to be delivered in the home without the specialist having to leave the hospital. A nurse or social worker can visit the patient and can orient them for remote examination in a way that conventional telehealth via a smartphone or tablet doesn’t allow.” For example, a CRO is conducting a Phase 3 clinical trial for a cancer therapeutic. Normally, this would require the patient to attend a weekly in-clinic visit to get examined by a specialist, potentially exposing them to COVID-19 or other diseases. Using Hippo, a nurse equipped with a Virtual Care headset visits a patient at home, while the patient is seen by the specialist remotely.

The growing problem of patient drop-out can also be addressed. “On average, one in five patients drop out of clinical trials,” explained Dr. Quinlan. “The main reasons often cited include inconvenient site location, or they are physically unable to attend appointments, plus there’s understandable fear and anxiety of going to a clinic during a pandemic. Hippo effectively overcomes these challenges and more.”

Long heralded as the answer to the complexity and cost challenges that have plagued clinical trials for decades, emerging technologies are at last realizing their true potential, thanks to the global pandemic. Decentralized Clinical Trials are here to stay, and solutions like Hippo are helping to make them safer and more convenient for patients, more efficient for clinical site staff, and more cost effective for sponsors.

By Chantal Da Silva for Forbes

A team of doctors from countries around the world is using smart glass technology to reach refugees and remote communities along Jordan’s border with Syria during the coronavirus pandemic.

For years, doctors volunteering with Children of War Foundation (COWF), a Los Angeles-based non-profit seeking to enhance access to medical care for communities affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, climate change and discrimination, have traveled to Jordan and other countries to provide medical care to children living in refugee camps and in remote areas.

An important part of what they do involves triaging patients, or assessing their conditions and helping determine what treatment they might need.

While health care services are available to all registered refugees in Jordan, COWF Founder Amel Najjar said limited resources coupled with growing strain on the public health care system has forced many to go without seeing their health care needs addressed – a situation the coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, access to affordable health care for refugees in Jordan remains a struggle, with half of the refugees in the country considered medically vulnerable.

While COWF is one organization that has long sought to help fill the gaps, in the wake the pandemic, the non-profit was forced to bring its trips to a halt, with the dozens of children who typically receive medical assistance through the initiative unable to access the resource.

“A lot of these kids had been waitlisted because they had time-sensitive cases,” COWF founder Amel Najjar said. And as the pandemic wore on for months, she said: “What we saw was…some of them were passing.”

Determined to find a solution, Najjar teamed up with Brian Hamilton, the President and Co-Founder of Hippo Technologies, a tech company aiming to bridge the gap between physical care and virtual care, who proposed that COWF put the company’s “smart glass” technology to the test.

On November 28, 11 surgeons from across three different continents were able to trial the program, providing “real-time virtual consulting to Syrian refugees,” Najjar said. “We did the first live remote triage on the Syrian border, where our team used smart glasses and a hotspot connection to connect.”

Dr. Paul Kokorowski, an assistant professor of Urology working in the Division of Pediatric Urology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, was one of the doctors to participate in the trial.

He said he was astounded by how much could be accomplished using the technology, with volunteers on the ground covering nearly 70 miles visiting patients while allowing doctors to assess them with the smart glasses serving as their eyes and ears.

“Instead of flying all the way to Jordan and then hunkering down and rapidly charging through 70 people over the course of one day, which is, you know, three or four times as many patients as I would be able to see normally here in my practice,” Dr. Kokorowski said the smart glasses allow doctors to work at a slower pace and to “spend a little more time asking questions of the families” they meet with. 

“It’s a really nice way of breaking up the triage process,” the doctor said. 

While he was impressed with how easy it was to complete the triage process using the smart glasses, however, he acknowledged the physical barriers of providing long-distance care with the smart glasses and said ultimately, once the triage process is over, the children he has assessed will need to be provided with care on-the-ground.

Providing long-distance medical training, however, is something that COWF and Hippo Technologies believe could be facilitated through smart glass technology, however. 

“The triage is just one small aspect of what we’re trying to do with this,” Najjar said.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Hippo Technologies President and Founder Brian Hamilton said medical professionals around the world have been forced to adapt, with many looking to technology to fill the gaps, including relying more heavily on video consultations than ever before.

Incorporating technology more into health care and medical training, he said, could be the way forward.

“Health care was ripe for disruption because there was a lot of waste in it,” Hamilton said. “Maybe we can save a ton of money in health care and get rid of a lot of waste and be able to drop knowledge anywhere in the world.”

Najjar agreed, saying: “The opportunity is endless, especially now that this electronic divide is lessening.”

ROCHESTER, NY, January 20, 2021 – Vuzix® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), (“Vuzix” or, the “Company”), a leading supplier of Smart Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technology and products, today announced it is collaborating with Hippo Technologies, Inc., a virtual care company delivering solutions for healthcare and medical education, to connect global surgeons and healthcare providers with vital medical networks and virtual care services with Vuzix M400 and M4000 Smart Glasses.

Hippo Virtual CareTM is an interoperable platform connecting enterprise systems, databases, IOT devices, wearables and technologies together to bridge the gap between physical care and virtual care. Its product solutions include hands-free, voice-activated Vuzix Smart Glasses and other head-worn devices along with HIPAA and GDPR compliant software that allows clinicians to communicate and videoconference in real time. Remote colleagues and students can search medical records, and automatically access files and imaging during patient examinations, procedures, consultations and rounding. Hippo Virtual Care improves clinical efficiency, enabling faster triage, smarter clinical decision making, and enhanced engagement with patients.

“Hippo Virtual Care unlocks a new paradigm of mobile computing – using hands-free and voice-centric smart glasses offerings that fit the evolution taking place in healthcare and deliver on the promise of virtual care regardless of distance, time and training,” commented Brian Hamilton, President and co-founder of Hippo Technologies, Inc. “We look forward to the continued collaboration and partnership with Vuzix.”

“We are very pleased to expand our partner’s healthcare solutions portfolio and welcome Hippo Technologies, Inc., as a Vuzix Smart Glasses platform partner to support their network of healthcare professionals to deliver medical and surgical services through the use of Vuzix Smart Glasses,” said Paul Travers, President and CEO of Vuzix.

Hippo Technologies, Inc., was featured earlier this week in a Forbes article entitled, ‘Doctors Use Smart Glass Technology to Reach Refugee Camps at Jordan-Syria Border Amid Pandemic’.

 

About Hippo Technologies, Inc.

Hippo Technologies, Inc., is a virtual care company delivering products and services for healthcare and medical education. Its Hippo Virtual CareTM platform is interoperable connecting enterprise systems, databases, IOT devices, wearables and technologies together to bridge the gap between physical care and virtual care. Its products include hands-free, voice-activated, head-worn devices and HIPAA and GDPR compliant software allowing clinicians to communicate and collaborate virtually 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/.

About Vuzix Corporation

Vuzix is a leading supplier of Smart-Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets. The Company’s products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high-quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays and augmented reality. Vuzix holds 179 patents and patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field. The Company has won Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) awards for innovation for the years 2005 to 2021 and several wireless technology innovation awards among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (NASDAQ: VUZI) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK, and Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit Vuzix website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

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Certain statements contained in this news release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward looking statements contained in this release relate to the Vuzix M400 and M4000 Smart Glasses, our relationship and future business opportunities with Hippo Technologies, and among other things the Company’s leadership in the Smart Glasses and AR display industry. They are generally identified by words such as “believes,” “may,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “should” and similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are based upon the Company’s beliefs and assumptions as of the date of this release. The Company’s actual results could differ materially due to risk factors and other items described in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Reports and MD&A filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable Canadian securities regulators (copies of which may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). Subsequent events and developments may cause these forward-looking statements to change. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward-looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law.

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Hippo’s Healthcare Institute for Virtual Education will now include mental health, prescription drug and financial literacy education

SEATTLEJan. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Hippo Technologies, Inc., a virtual care company delivering solutions for healthcare and medical education, announced today that it has teamed up with EVERFI Inc., the leading social impact education innovator, to enable Wellness and Mental Health Programs for the members of Hippo’s Healthcare Institute for Virtual Education (HIVE). 

HIVE members will have access to a comprehensive wellness suite focused on raising confidence and increasing knowledge around wellness and mental health, prescription drugs, and have access to personalized financial education resources. The digital content library features more than 55 learning sequences including interactive videos, surveys, and scenario-based learning in a mobile-first design, and is available in both English and Spanish.

Launched in October 2020, the HIVE is a knowledge network and forum with a mission of increasing access to quality healthcare and education to everyone, everywhere. By joining HIVE’s global network of thought leaders and practitioners, members have access to training and accreditation programs, educational content and resources for self-care and virtual care.

“Hippo is investing in self-care, promoting the informed, motivated, and enabled individual supported by virtual care. It is the cornerstone of Polymorphic Medicine – Hippo’s new model for individual and population health,” said Patrick Quinlan, M.D., CEO and Co-founder of Hippo Technologies, Inc. “This collaboration with EVERFI will support mental health and wellness, which is vital to individual well-being and empowering self-care.”

“We are delighted to work with Hippo Technologies, Inc. in what is a revolutionary model for personalized healthcare,” said Jon Chapman, President and Co-founder of EVERFI. “The combination of personalized self-care and wellness education on demand will help build greater individual confidence in tackling some of society’s most complex challenges.”

For more information on Hippo HIVE, visit https://hippohive.org.

About Hippo Technologies

Hippo Technologies, Inc., is a virtual care company delivering products and services for healthcare and medical education. TheHippo Virtual CareTM platform connects enterprise systems, databases, IOT devices, wearables and technologies together to bridge the gap between physical care and virtual care. Its products include hands-free, voice-activated, head-worn devices and HIPAA and GDPR compliant software allowing clinicians to communicate and collaborate virtually 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 the safety and convenience of remote care. For more information, visit https://myhippo.life/.

About EVERFI

EVERFI is an international technology company driving social change through education to address the most challenging issues affecting society ranging from financial wellness to prescription drug safety to workplace conduct and other critical topics. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) community engagement platform and has reached more than 41 million learners globally. In 2020, the company was recognized as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company and was featured on Fortune Magazine’s Impact 20 list. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, as well as Advance, Rethink Education, Rethink Impact, The Rise Fund, and TPG Growth. To learn more about EVERFI and how you can #answerthecall visit everfi.com or follow us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, or Twitter @EVERFI.

Around the world, refugees face overwhelming medical needs and often have few resources to turn to. The Children of War Foundation and Hippo Technologies, Inc. are working together to help change that. The Children of War Foundation’s mission is to provide health and education to communities affected by poverty, war, natural disaster, discrimination, climate change, isolation, and migration challenges. Hippo’s Virtual Care Platform is helping them bring medical care to increasingly remote communities.

Refugee camps in Jordan along the Syrian border are home to around 650,000 Syrian refugees, many of whom must rely on humanitarian aid for their basic needs. These displaced refugees often face complex medical problems, psychological trauma, poor housing, and unsanitary conditions. 48% of Syrian refugees are children. And 16% of Syrian refugees overall are reported to have chronic heart failure. Sadly, due to lack of resources and training, physicians in host countries are often not prepared to meet the complex medical needs of asylum seekers.

Bringing medical aid to refugee children

To help bring much needed medical aid to child refugees suffering from a wide range of ailments, the Children of War Foundation’s physicians utilized Hippo’s Virtual Care Platform to perform remote triage examinations and administer real-time treatment. Surgeons and healthcare providers from various backgrounds across six time zones, from the USA, Turkey, and Jordan provided vital medical consulting and virtual health services to refugee children residing in harsh environments, many with time-sensitive medical conditions.

To assist with on-site examinations, a field pharmacist wore Vuzix Smart Glasses connected to Hippo’s Virtual Care platform to give the remote physicians a first-hand view. Each evaluation began with the pharmacist giving a brief overview of the patient, including their age, gender, and condition. The physicians would then guide her through examining the patients by asking her questions that she would translate as well as physically interacting with the patients.

Brent Hopkins, Chief of Staff at Hippo, noted that, “Most impressively from a technology standpoint was the ability for two doctors on two different occasions to diagnose conditions by looking at a live feed of field medics holding x-rays up to a window. The doctors reviewed several brain and joint scans with excellent clarity.”

All the while a storm raged outside. Hippo’s rugged design allowed the teams to keep working  with excellent connections, despite the less than ideal weather conditions.

During the course of the day, the remote physicians were able to successfully diagnose over a dozen children living in and around the refugee camps in Jordon. For the more complex cases, follow-up appointments and even surgeries were scheduled based on the virtual examinations. The remote physicians examining the patients stated that Hippo’s virtual platform was easy to use.

“Everyone at Hippo knows that we belong to an organization that wants to have a positive impact on the world, but this experience changed that desire to a reality. It was certainly one of the highlights of my career. While I played a very minor role, it still felt great to be a part of the event,” Hopkins stated. “After this success, I expect we will be expanding partnerships like this dramatically.”

Breaking down barriers and setting new standards of care

Hippo is the first organization to receive approval from the Ministry of Health in Jordan to use virtual care across borders in a humanitarian setting. We are proud to be collaborating with the Children of War Foundation as part of our Hippo Global Health Initiative to continue this vital work and play an active role in changing the landscape of how healthcare and medical education are accessed in remote, war-torn regions around the world. According to Brian Hamilton, Hippo’s Founder and President: “The  success of the program and partnership with Children of War and the compelling nature of their mission has opened our eyes to the opportunity for accelerating future programs, which will include will include Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality technology, further enhancing patient assessments and the quality of care physicians can provide, no matter their location.”

For further information about the Hippo Global Health Initiative, visit: https://hippohive.org/hippo-global-health-initiative/