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Emerging Technology Forum
"Clinical Applications of Mixed Realities"

Thursday, April 18, 8:00-10:00
Meridian Ballrooms 2-4, Graduate Minneapolis

Welcome and Introduction: Dawn Bardot, Director, Healthcare Innovation, Medtronic

Rapid advances in computational modeling, image analysis and data visualization provides an unprecedented opportunity to change how clinical decisions are made, clinicians are trained and medical devices are designed. The cost of large fixed displays and head-mounted displays is dropping, which opens possibilities for bringing virtual reality and augmented reality paradigms to medical applications. Academics, companies and startups have jumped on these opportunities and the field is moving quickly.

Join us for an in-depth look at clinical applications of mixed realities and engage in a conversation with mixed reality experts from industry, universities and government who will provide their insights on how these exciting technologies could change the landscape of healthcare.


Beth Ripley"Changing the Way Doctors & Patients Understand & Treat Disease: From medical imaging into virtual and 3D-printed models."

Beth Ripley, Radiologist, VA Puget Sound Health Care System; Innovation Specialist, VA Center for Innovation; Chair, VHA 3D Printing Advisory Committee
Beth Ripley MD, PhD is a radiologist who specializes in translating medical imaging into virtual and 3D-printed models with the goal of changing the way doctors and patients understand and treat disease. She collaborates across multiple disciplines and has a passion for innovation and human-centered design. She is a radiologist at the Puget Sound VA and an Assistant Professor of Radiology at University of Washington School of Medicine. She additionally serves as an Innovation Specialist for the VHA Innovators Network and is the Chair of the VHA 3D Printing Advisory Committee. Beth received an MD and a PhD in molecular neurosciences from University of San Diego, California. She did her residency training in radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and is dual fellowship trained in cardiovascular and body imaging.



Evan Suma Rosenberg, University of Minnesota"Beyond the Hype: The Second Rise of Virtual Reality"

Evan Suma Rosenberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Minnesota

Presentation Abstract: The virtual reality field has experienced explosive growth over the past five years, including the launch of numerous consumer-level devices and major investments from Microsoft, Facebook, and Google. However, this is not the first time that VR has emerged to the forefront of public consciousness. In this talk, I will trace through the history of immersive technologies, including the major events that led to the rise (and subsequent fall) of VR in the 1990s. I will then discuss some of the pioneering research that led the recent resurgence and commercialization of consumer-level immersive displays. Finally, I will offer some thoughts about the current state of the field and describe why the second rise of VR is different this time around. Or is it?


Jack Stubbs, PD3D Lab"Visual, Acoustic and Tactile approaches to Augmentation in Medical Device Operation and Training"

Jack Stubbs, Director of the Prototype Development, 3D Print Lab, Institute for Simulation and Training, University of Central Florida
Jack studied Physics and Electro-Optics at the Miami University of Ohio and the University of Dayton (Ohio). In the 1980’s he worked with the Department of Defense with the University of Dayton Research Institute and the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute as a contractor at Wright Patterson Airforce Base, the Naval Weapons Center and Kirtland Airforce Base. This work included development of customized Optical Metrology system to characterize High Energy lasers for application to the Airborne Laser Lab and the Star Wars SDI Laser system. Additionally he became involved in pilot protection, advanced cockpit control and materials characterization.

In the 1990’s, Jack lead a Technology development team for Ethicon Endo Surgery in the scale up of Laparoscopic surgery, working with the implementation of imaging, visualization, robotics and sensors to the minimally invasive surgical techniques. This lead to the appointment of Principal Investigator for the Surgical Operating Room of the Future with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. This group developed telepresence surgical robotics and computer based simulation systems for training and education.

Jack started and directed a research and development company in 1996. This business operated through 2010 and resulted in over 50 patents including the Airseal trocar for laparoscopic surgery, which is now the trocar of choice for robotic surgery having been used in over 500,000 surgeries globally.

The last six years have been at the University of Minnesota Medical School and most recently the University of Central Florida Institute for Simulation and Training where he leads a team developing new approaches and technology for simulating and teaching healthcare interactions and procedures.

He has used rapid prototyping, 3D printing and additive manufacturing since the mid 1990’s to improve designs, prototype and test devices and systems and to implement into a cost effective development model.

Presentation Abstract: Generally, people think of Mixed Reality or Augmented Reality as the mixing of a real environment with virtual objects by means of a head-mounted display. In simulation and training applications, the addition of  sound and tactile feedback can enhance the experience. I will demonstrate the use of sound augmentation and visual overlays to medical instruments and 3d printed Moulage as technologies to Improve Medical simulation and training.


Matt Ginn, Proximie"Augmented Reality Healthcare Solution Enabling Clinicians to Scale Expertise Beyond Conventional Boundaries"

Matt Ginn, Commercial Officer, Proximie
Matthew is the Commercial Officer for Proximie responsible for the American, European and Asian markets. Matthew has over 15 years experience within the medical device industry having held senior leadership positions within Bard Davol, Molnlycke Healthcare and most recently Acelity. Matthew joined Proximie in July 2018 having seen the power of the technology and the global difference it can bring to scaling healthcare expertise across the world.

Proximie is an award-winning medical technology company offering an advanced SaaS–based augmented reality healthcare solution. The Proximie platform was originally designed to allow surgeons to remotely scrub into any operating room or clinical setting to visually and practically collaborate and interact with other surgeons, regardless of geographical boundaries, using a wide suite of augmented reality tools. The application of Proximie now spreads beyond surgery and can be seen across many other clinical and medical settings including: outpatient assessment clinics, emergency department referrals, community based services and medical school tuition.

Proximie has won a number of notable awards including Best Augmented Reality Industry Technology at London Tech Week 2017, Winner of the StartUp Award at the Digital Health Technology Show, London 2017 and 1st Prize in the Royal Society of Medicine Innovation and eHealth Awards. Designed by clinicians for clinicians, it enables the free flow of medical and surgical expertise while radically improving the training and education of its users in a cost effective and environmentally-friendly way.

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