The HiRO Drone Is Looking To Boost Emergency Medical Treatments

After witnessing natural disasters an idea has risen: an aerial ambulance that could fly above the chaos on the ground, with live-saving medical supplies in tow.

With the help of a team led by Dennis Lott, director of the unmanned aerial vehicle program at Hinds Community College in Mississippi, and Guy Paul Cooper Jr., D.O., then a fourth-year medical student at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (where Subbarao is a senior associate dean), a new drone was born. They gave the modified DJI S1000+ drone a name worthy of a comic book cover: HiRO (Health Integrated Rescue Operations).

HiRO was “unveiled” in October. In the field, the drone acts as a 911 link to a remote, on-call doctor, who uses an augmented reality interface to give bystanders instructions to provide simple, Good Samaritan medical care until emergency personnel arrive.
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