Remote expertise through the power of merged reality

Access to this ground-breaking technology is included at no cost with your InterSurgeon clinician membership. Help Lightning allows experienced surgeons to guide and interactively assist others during operations in real-time, anywhere in the world.

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What are the benefits of Help Lightning for surgeons?

In light of the pandemic, and for the foreseeable future, the conventional ways of establishing collaborative partnerships through physical visits are not going to be possible. However, because Help Lightning allows surgeons to collaborate remotely, partnerships can still develop – and more easily than ever before.

Help Lightning can be used as a tool for education, mentorship and instruction – as well as for intraoperative case management. It allows both surgical planning and real-time intraoperative advice.

How does it work?

Watch this video to learn how Help Lightning works. This shows use cases in other industries – it’s every bit as useful with surgical applications and can also be used hands-free. All you need to use Help Lightning is your smartphone and an internet connection, though it can also be used with tablets, desktop computers and smart surgical glasses. 

Download a beginner's guide to Help Lightning here: Help Lightning Basic Training

Virtual help in real-time

Help Lightning uses Merged Reality to blend two real-time video streams – e.g. that of a remote surgical expert and another surgeon that needs help – into a collaborative environment. This Merged Reality allows the expert to virtually reach out and direct real surgical procedures or training.

Use your existing devices

Help Lightning runs on your existing mobile devices (iOS, Android) or a web-browser on laptop and desktop computers.

Surgeons can now provide remote assistance as though they’re working side-by-side. They can telestrate, freeze images, use hand gestures, and even add real objects into the merged reality environment.

Be there instantly

Help Lightning is easy, fast and intuitive.

Once you’re in a merged reality call with a colleague or customer, simply tap the mode to change how you interact. Choose whether you’re giving or receiving help, and start collaborating in seconds. Help Lightning’s unique Merged Reality can add missing visual cues, gestures, and non-verbal communication methods to any session.

Using Help Lightning with smart surgical glasses

Take Help Lightning to the next level by pairing it with smart glasses. This innovation allows the wearer to benefit from the assistance of AI or a third-party while performing surgery. When used in conjunction with Help Lightning, smart glasses mean that another surgeon can see exactly what you are seeing and what you’re doing – and also have their hands superimposed over your field of view.

There are a number of models available from different manufacturers including Vuzix, Zebra, and RealWear.

The Advantage of Remote Expertise

Studies show that adding gestures and nonverbal clues substantially improves the speed of understanding. Furthermore, nonverbal cues are 430% more effective than verbal cues and nonverbal cues make Help Lightning’s combination of verbal and nonverbal communication up to 10 times more effective.

Sources: Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, British Journal of Clinical Psychology

Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery , Arkansas Children's Hospital  (Eylem Ocal , MD)

Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery , Arkansas Children's Hospital (Eylem Ocal , MD)


UAMS/ Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, United States of America


Location information

Hospital address

UAMS/ Arkansas Children's Hospital 1 Children's Way Slot #838 Little Rock ARKANSAS 72202 United States of America

Hospital type


Hospital description

Academic (Residency Program)


The Arkansas Children's Pediatric Neurosurgery Service offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services for children from newborn to age 21. Our dedicated team of three full-time pediatric neurosurgeons provides treatment and follow-up for all pediatric neurosurgical conditions with individual and multidisciplinary clinics, state of the art inpatient /outpatient facilities, and research. 

The Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery is based at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), a 370 bed hospital in Little Rock, AR. We perform about 550 cases /year.  It is the only children’s hospital in the state of Arkansas. It is also the state’s only American College of Surgeons Level 1 pediatric trauma center, state’s only level IV neonatal intensive care unit, and the state’s only National Association of Epilepsy Centers level IV comprehensive epilepsy program. As a teaching affiliate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), ACH provides pediatric education for fellows, residents, medical students, nursing students, and allied health professionals.  

With the expertise at our division , we would like to offer educational support , clinical support to other  divisions in need.  Additionally, we would like to provide educational opportunities to interested fellows and residents via an international fellowship ( up to 6 months).  We hope to collaborate with other children’s hospitals for this purpose to serve the well-being of children together with a common global  perspective and goal.

Member information


Eylem Ocal

Member type

Clinical department




  • Trained paediatric neurosurgeon

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Turkish

Professional affiliations / memberships

  • ISPN
  • AANS
  • Other

Social profiles

Equipment used

  • Angiography