Hacker Noon — July 1, 2019 — Back in February, we spoke with Jon Fisher, the CEO and co-founder of augmented-reality tech company, CrowdOptic on its triangulation algorithms. Fisher is no stranger to invention. He’s named on more than 100 patents worldwide — 45 issued and over 60 pending.

Now, his company has granted the only exclusive license to its livestream technology to National Bioskills Laboratories (NBL), a surgical training company which opened its third location in San Francisco last July.

Now operating a west coast facility, NBL builds a national network of full-service bioskills training facilities that provide medical device companies and physicians with full-service planning and execution for hands-on training events.

Its founders, Dr. Douglas A. Hampers and Dr. Yeshvant Navalgund are board-certified physicians and experienced peer-to-peer (P2P) educators with more than twenty years of work in medical device education and hands-on knowledge of devices and techniques.

This new lab, along with its other locations in Dallas, Texas and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, offer hands-on, surgical training and medical education for physicians through the use of real-time two-way CrowdOptic® livestream technology.

Hackernoon got a sneak peek tour inside the multi-million-dollar training facility. In the facility, you will find embedded cameras and 20 LED screens throughout the training labs and auditorium, and more than 25,000 square feet of flexible learning space.

So far, the Internet is loving it.

Behind the scenes

In June 2014, CrowdOptic announced a partnership with the University of California, San Francisco to stream procedures by UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery faculty. Indeed, the company is a founding certified partner of Google Glass, which the tech has also been implemented by Sony, HPE, and Avaya.

This included the installation of Google Glass technology in its ambulances, where Google Glass would use CrowdOptic’s software to send a live video feed from an ambulance to a destination hospital.

Soon after, the company announced its partnership with Stanford University Medical School, where the software would also be used to live stream surgeries to doctors and medical students wearing Google Glass.

Taking the company’s latest investment into its facility, it’s got a good shot at enhancing the professional learning environments for both medical professionals and students.

CrowdOptic Intelligent Live Streaming

As of May 22, 2019, there are approximately 99,520 lines of code with respect to National Bioskills Labs’ implementation of CrowdOptic technology — a hybrid architecture to support “n” locations through a centralized server.

So what does the tech consist of?

18–65″ touchscreen displays (powered by NUCs) with over 2 dozen flat panel mirror displays
1–85″ touchscreen display
4–4K PTZ IP cameras
8–1080P PTZ IP cameras
46 — CrowdOptic Eye cameras (Wi-Fi and hardwired)
6 — CrowdOptic Encoder™ boxes (in progress)
Full integration with AV systems at three locations
CrowdOptic Intersect™ — intelligent camera control through AI and engagement geometry algorithms
CrowdOptic Halo™ — Surround Sight Camera Array

The future of medicine is definitely here, providing college universities with the necessary tools and technology to learn about and perform necessary procedures.

Excerpted from original article published by Hacker Noon, by Drew Rossow, July 1, 2019

(Link to full article on HackerNoon.com)

President & CEO


Douglas A. Hampers, MD, MBA

Dr. Hampers is a board certified orthopedic surgeon. He successfully created his own private practice, Reflex Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, in Greensburg, PA in 2009 and was named by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s readers as one the top three orthopedic surgeons by 2012. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as, his sports medicine fellowship under the tutelage of world-renowned surgeon Dr. Freddie Fu in 2004. He was the first person to be accepted into a combined MD/MBA program at Dartmouth College and completed it in 1998. Dr. Hampers was elected in 2012 to serve as a board member for Cardiac Assist (dba TandemLife), an international medical products company based in Pittsburgh, PA, which was acquired by LivaNova (LIVN) in March 2018 for $250 million.

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Medical Director


Yeshvant Navalgund, MD

Dr. Navalgund has extensive experience in advancing medical device education and technique. He is a Board-Certified physician in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and Assistant Professor, West Virginia University, Department of Anesthesiology, and Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh, School of Anesthesia. He is the author of many publications and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neuromodulation and is a Founding Member of the Pennsylvania Pain Society. He is also President & CEO of DNA Pain, and a Lecturer and Instructor for numerous national and international companies and societies. His hands-on knowledge of devices and experience as a peer-to-peer educator have helped to develop and customize the wraparound services offered by National Bioskills Laboratories.

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Vice President of Operations


James P. Funkhouser

Funkhouser@nationalbioskills.com (844) 625-5227 Ext. 701

An experienced manager and leader with an early career background in nuclear medicine, Jim Funkhouser oversees the day to day operations and management of our three national facilities and our highly experienced staff. A former Executive Director of the Tomayko Group, his experience with clinical staffing and recruiting means National Bioskills Laboratories hires only the best candidates who excel at providing outstanding service and event planning to our clients. An active Councilman in his local community, Jim’s leadership and organizational skills lend depth to the NBL leadership team.

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Chief Financial Officer


Kerry Rice, CPA

Rice@nationalbioskills.com

With an academic background in Accounting and Economics, Kerry Rice brings more than 20 years of financial experience to National Bioskills. His early experience in accounting and auditing gave him a solid background in the fundamental ways a successful company should operate, after which Kerry went on to work as a research analyst in investment banking. There he strengthened his understanding of how businesses should operate to maximize their full potential, leveraging his knowledge of revenue and spending patterns to develop detailed forecasts. Kerry serves as National Bioskills’ Chief Financial Officer and heads up the company’s financial team.

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Facility Manager, Pittsburgh


Kaelin Wiser

wiser@nationalbioskills.com (844) 625-5227 Ext. 704

With a background in radiology, Kaelin ensures that clients and their physician guests are treated the way they want to be treated: From making sure that specimens and equipment are on-site and training labs are prepped, to ensuring the facilities are sparklingly clean, to assisting guests with event and travel arrangements, Kaelin is responsible for the total comfort, luxury, and safety of attendees, creating a happy, relaxed atmosphere so physician attendees are primed for education and more receptive to learning, leading to better retention, adoption, and patient outcomes.

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Facility Manager, San Francisco


Kenneth Thomas

thomas@nationalbioskills.com (844) 625-5227 Ext. 706

High-energy and talented at providing excellent event planning services while overseeing the many details of our busy San Francisco facility, Kenneth ensures efficient, orderly, and successful training events for all West Coast bookings. In addition to providing NBL’s signature wraparound event planning and customer service, Kenneth applies his background in specimen handling to a passionate commitment to ensuring top-tier standards of safety and credentials for NBL and all its clients, employees, and stakeholders.

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Facility Manager, Dallas


Bethany Wright

Wright@nationalbioskills.com (844) 625-5227 Ext. 709

Extensively trained in all aspects of specimen management, Bethany brings a host of skills and experience to her role as Facility Manager in Dallas. A licensed embalmer, funeral director, and crematory operator and a specialist in anatomical embalming, she employs the highest standards of safety and testing in specimen-handling procedures. In her prior experience at Texas A&M College of Dentistry, she served as Anatomy Lab Manager and Willed Body Program Manager, and has collaborated with professionals across a wide range of industries including law enforcement, professional schools, and the military. Fueled by an ongoing passion for anatomical education, Bethany takes pride in serving the medical community and all donor families by providing excellence throughout every stage of scientific donation and surgical training.

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Operations Manager


Erin Hall

Hall@nationalbioskills.com

Erin brings extensive background as a surgical technology expert to her role as Operations Manager at National Bioskills. A native of Colorado, Erin holds a degree in Surgical Technology and worked for more than 10 years as a surgical technician, a bioskills laboratory manager, and a lab services coordinator before assuming her current position at National Bioskills. Working closely with the Facility Managers, Erin uses her technological expertise to anticipate client needs and to ensure that every lab runs smoothly. Providing respectful, detail-focused customer service to clients and physicians is Erin’s hallmark and passion.

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Sales Representative


Cary Roussel

Roussel@nationalbioskills.com (844) 625-5227 Ext. 700

In her recent professional experience with healthcare networks and wellness program management, Cary energetically developed and implemented new nationwide programs, managing network-provider relationships and fostering win-win outcomes for care providers and patients. With an academic background in Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Cary is a lifelong athlete, learner, and health and wellness advocate, passionate about the life-changing potential of medical devices. With specialized training in sports medicine, Cary brings a comprehensive understanding of the products and procedures involved in shoulder repair, meniscal repair, ACL reconstruction and orthobiologic products. In her early career, Cary garnered experience as an exercise physiologist with a focus on strength and conditioning, wellness coaching, and cardiac rehabilitation.

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