WCU develops drone with medical kit, live video capability to aid patients

WCU develops drone with medical kit, live video capability to aid patients

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Researchers at William Carey University have come up with an innovative way to quickly transport emergency telemedical equipment to inaccessible or unsafe areas.

They are using a multi-rotor drone to carry an advanced medical kit as part of a project called Healthcare Integrated Rescue Operations (HiRO).

The kits, which can include various medications and vaccines, have live video capability, which allows a patient to communicate with a health provider.

"At this time it's sort of rudimentary, but still (you have) the ability to open up the case and you'd have a provider that's looking at you and actually guiding you as to how to use the equipment," said Italo Subbarao, associate dean of pre-clinical sciences in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at William Carey University. Subbarao is also a co-investigator on the HiRO project.

The HiRO equipment could be carried in the vehicles of first responders or pre-positioned in rural areas.

Guy Paul Cooper, Jr., a third-year medical student at WCU, is working with Dr. Subbarao on the project.