Huawei’s 5G to transform Thai healthcare sector

BANGKOK (BERNAMA) —  Technology company,  Huawei Technologies Thailand Co Ltd  (Huawei Thailand) is collaborating with Thailand National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and Siriraj Hospital to develop a self-driving 5G enabled vehicle that will bring contactless delivery solution of medical supplies to smart hospitals.

The pilot project at Siriraj Hospital, the oldest and largest hospital in Bangkok which was at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 will elevate its medical system to 5G by applying world-class technology and innovation to drive medical services and the healthcare industry.

Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Thailand Abel Deng said Huawei as a global leader for technology was honoured to continuously take part in assisting the Thai medical sector.

He said the pilot project of the driverless vehicle for Siriraj Hospital will operate under Huawei’s 5G technology to help transport medical supplies within the hospital.

“This pilot project exemplifies the accelerated digitalisation of Thailand’s medical services as 5G will play a key role in the next generation of healthcare.

Huawei 5G mobile phone testing speed in Huawei 5G Innovation and Experience Centre. PHOTO: XINHUA

“The 5G applications in the public health domain could also inspire businesses in other sectors to leverage 5G’s popularity and explore new applications of the technology.

“Most significantly, 5G technology will be the key driving force to help the Thai economy recover and drive new economic and societal growth for the country across every aspect,” he said in a statement.

The autonomous car offers safe, convenient and cost-effective solutions while reducing workload for healthcare workers and improving patient safety.

The 5G technology integration will then be progressively applied in the national health system for Smart Hospital transformation in the near future.

Secretary-General of the NBTC Takorn Tantasith said NBTC had been utilising 5G technology in remote medical services by connecting with the Community Health Promotion Hospital and large local hospitals in piloting remote treatment of four diseases such as eye diseases, skin diseases, blood pressure abnormalities and diabetes.

He said the remote medical care has also expanded to local prisons, namely Khao Bin Central Prison and Ratchaburi Central Prison in Ratchaburi province to provide medical access to people and prisoners in remote areas.

“The ongoing projects by the NBTC aims to drive greater benefits of 5G innovation into different aspects of life across the country. Thailand has the advantages of the successful 5G auction and of being one of the 5G leaders in ASEAN.

“The NBTC recognises the competitive advantages and promotes the integration of 5G technology in different sectors to close the digital divide in the country.

“This is to get Thailand ready for digital transformation in driving our daily life, work and manufacturing forward,” he said.