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HiRO Telemedicine UAV Technology Demonstration

UAV emergency medical delivery system demonstration

Collaborative partners brought together through OTC UAV initiative

December 6, 2016 - William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine students demonstrated how telemedical kits 

delivered by disaster drones could be used to assist victims and rescue personnel during a simulated mass casualty event on Dec. 6 at John Bell Williams Airport in Bolton. The development of the disaster drones is a joint project with the unmanned aerial systems program at Hinds Community College. The technology debuted before an audience including representatives from Homeland Security, federal law enforcement agencies, and the United Nations.

The Telemedical Drone project, known as HiRO (Health Integrated Rescue Operations), was developed by Italo Subbarao, DO, senior associate dean at WCUCOM, and Guy Paul Cooper Jr., a fourth-year medical student at WCUCOM.

Click here for HiRO Coverage on Fox News

The concept arose when the two studied the medical response to the devastating EF-4 tornado that struck Hattiesburg in February 2013. In the past two years, they’ve developed multiple prototypes to support rural and wilderness medical emergencies, including the two newest iterations: ambulance drones designed to support victims and rescue personnel during mass shootings, bombings, or other terrorist attacks. 

The INNOVATORS: Dennis Lott (L) of Hinds Community College, Aviation/UAV Program and Dr. Italo Subbarao (r) of William Carey University, School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Two new telemedical packages were deployed during the demonstration, one for a severely injured victim and the other for a mass casualty setup capable of treating up to 100 people with significant to minor injuries. Both kits incorporate Homeland Security recommendations provided through the “Stop the Bleed” initiative.

“The two highly advanced mobile telemedical kits provide immediate and secure access to a provider on the other end of the screen. The package was designed for use in the chaos and confusion where guidance must be simple, direct, and user friendly,” said student doctor Cooper. “We feel that the features in these kits empower the provider and bystander to save lives.”

When the critical care kit opens, a physician appears on video and can direct treatment. The kit includes Google Glass, which allow the wearer to be hands free and to move away from the drone while maintaining audio and visual contact with the physician.

Experts from Hinds Community College, in collaboration with Subbarao and Cooper, designed and built both disaster drones, which are capable of carrying telemedical packages in adverse conditions.

 “These drones have impressive lift and distance capability, and can be outfitted with a variety of sensors, such as infrared, to help locate victims,” said Dennis Lott, director of the unmanned aerial systems program at Hinds Community College. “Working together, we’re able to develop, test, and bring this technology to the field. It is just a matter of time before the drones are universally adopted for emergency and disaster response toolkits.”

Click here to watch a video of a demonstration of the drone being deployed in a mass shooting scenario. 


After Action Report - UAV Workshop 2: COMPLIANCE



for Unmanned Vehicle Workshop for Mississippi Government Agencies



Workshop #2:





Event date:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center

Headquarters Building

Building 1001 – Room 226/227


Event activities conducted in association with

the Open Technology Center:

Unmanned Remote and Autonomous Vehicle Planning Systems Program



UAV Workshop No. 1: Strategic Vision for Rural Communities




for the Drone/Unmanned Vehicle Workshop for Mississippi Government Agencies

Thursday, May 19, 2016

All Ranks Club

Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center

Event activities conducted in association with

the Open Technology Systems:

Unmanned Remote and Autonomous Vehicle Planning Systems Program


TSWG Task AA-DP-4341



click here to view / download pdf of Workshop AAR 


Public Sector UAV Workshop No. 2: FAA COA and Data Collection Compliance

Public Sector UAV Workshop: FAA COA and Data Collection Compliance (click to register)

WHEN: Thursday, August 18th, 2016

WHERECamp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, 16th Street, Building 1411 (click for map)

COST: Free to Public Sector Agencies


Compliance is ESSENTIAL.

Getting a bird in the air is easy.  Collecting information is simple.  However, public sector agencies CANNOT simply disregard existing FAA regulations regarding UAV operations.  Nor can they ignore laws and practices regarding how information is collected and handled.   

The second UAV Workshop for Public Sector Agencies will address these two critical issues during a half-day meeting on THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2016 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  The Workshop will be held at OTC offices located at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Building 1411.


URAVS Workshop Meeting Notes



Click the image above to view briefing notes from the May 19, 2016 Unmanned Vehicle (Drone) Workshop for Mississippi Public Sector Agencies.

The Open Technology Center (OTC), a Mississippi-based non-profit organization, has received federal funding to assist government agencies in rural communities acquire and operate unmanned vehicle systems to support law enforcement, emergency management and critical infrastructure protection and maintenance objectives in these areas.

Initial program activities will focus on communities within the 13 counties in south Mississippi which make up the State's Fourth Congressional District and will be conducted at OTC facilities located at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center (CSJFTC) new Hattiesburg, MS.  Future activities will include agencies from across the state and ultimately across the nation.

The primary objective of Phase I activities is to identify specific benefits and challenges of using unmanned vehicle systems in rural communities.  OTC has distributed a survey to participating public safety, public service and public administration representatives within the area.  Data collected from survey results will establish a baseline of information regarding current use and future interest in using unmanned systems.  

The Unmanned Remote / Autonomous Vehicle Systems (URAVS) program is sponsored by the Department of Defense's Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) and the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T).