Apollo Hospitals, Airtel, and Cisco Collab to demonstrate the Future of Healthcare

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Bharti Airtel, India’s leading communications solutions provider, collaborated with Apollo Hospitals and Cisco to develop a 5G Connected Ambulance that will revolutionize healthcare access and help save lives in emergency scenarios. The demonstration took place in Bengaluru using the Department of Telecom’s 5G experimental spectrum, which was allotted to Airtel.

The state-of-the-art 5G Connected Ambulance is outfitted with cutting-edge medical technology, patient monitoring apps, and telemetry devices that send real-time patient health data to the hospital. It also has onboard cameras, camera-based Headgear, and Bodycams for paramedics, all of which are connected to Airtel’s ultra-fast and low-latency 5G network. It will be enhanced by technology such as augmented reality and virtual reality.

“5G is a transformational technology, and this is yet another demonstration by Airtel as to how collaborations can unlock the potential of digital platforms for the good of humanity. Healthcare is one of the most promising use cases for 5G, and we are delighted to deepen our partnerships with Apollo Hospitals and Cisco to bring some innovative use cases for the Indian market,”

Ajay Chitkara, Director & CEO, Airtel Business, Bharti Airtel said.

When a critical patient is on their way to the hospital and every second counts, the 5G Connected Ambulance works as an extension of the emergency department, allowing them to do the following:

Always connected to the hospital: Every Ambulance’s geo-location is relayed to the hospital’s command center through the high-speed, low-latency 5G network, ensuring the closest Ambulance reaches the important patient in time to save the patient’s Golden hour time. In addition, Ambulance sends the patient’s complete telemetry data, including vitals, to doctors and experts at the hospital in real-time. This allows ER doctors to make quicker judgments and guide ambulance paramedics on how to provide needed care while on the go. It also educates hospital workers to better manage patients when they arrive, saving time.

Doctors are transported virtually to the ambulance: With real-time camera feed available, paramedics in the ambulance can use the cameras to interact with ER doctors at the hospital who are equipped with technology such as AV/VR to perform basic treatments, if needed. The doctors can virtually instruct the paramedic on how to perform the procedure and save lives.

“Apollo Hospitals have been evangelists of connected ambulances and using these to reduce mortality and utilize the Golden Hour to the benefit of patients. The criticality of the ‘Golden hour’ is well known. It can mean the difference between life and death for seriously ill or trauma patients in an emergency. The Golden hour is impacted by the facilities in an ambulance and the distance from the Hospital. Studies show that an increased journey distance to the Hospital is associated with an increased risk of mortality, with a 10‐km increase in straight‐line distance associated with around a 1% absolute increase in mortality. Studies also indicate that pre-hospital time management should become a management objective. These insights propelled us to collaborate with Airtel on the 5G connected ambulance project and use 5G in order to utilize the disruption-free, lag-free connectivity it provides. This will help save many lives as timely treatment can be started even in the Ambulance itself. The 5G connected ambulance is testament to Apollo Hospitals’ commitment to utilize the power to technology in healthcare for the benefit of patients.”

Dr. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, said.

“Cisco’s partnership with Airtel, through our Country Digitization Acceleration program, is a step towards bringing the immense possibilities of 5G to life by improving the performance of critical-care applications. 5G will be a game-changer in enabling new use cases and improving efficiency across every industry and specifically in the healthcare sector, as 5G will arm doctors with actionable insights to augment patient monitoring and treatment,”

Anand Bhaskar, Managing Director, Service Provider Business, Cisco India & SAARC, said.

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