Thailand launches ASEAN’s first 5G smart hospital

December 17, 2021 | 14:18
The Thai Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Siriraj Hospital, and Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. on December 16 launched the Siriraj 5G smart hospital, marking it the first and largest hospital of such kind in Thailand and ASEAN.
Thailand launches ASEAN’s first 5G smart hospital
The launch ceremony of Siriraj 5G smart hospital

The project aims to bring a more efficient and convenient experience to patients by introducing technologies such as 5G, cloud infrastructure, and AI, and render Siriraj Hospital a model for smart hospitals in Thailand and the world. At the same time, Siriraj Hospital and Huawei will establish a Joint Innovation Lab to incubate innovative 5G applications. Currently, the two parties have started piloting 5G-supported portable medical boxes, unmanned vehicles, medical carts, and smart hospital beds. It is expected that 30 5G medical applications will be incubated and promoted nationwide in 2022.

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha addressed the national policy on 5G technology and digital economy saying, “The Thai government understands the importance of technology, successfully drafting a plan for Digital Thailand, and today is an important first step in the utilisation of digital technologies and 5G in the medical field. This will help reduce processes for medical personnel, decrease overall risk, and improve the effectiveness and efficacy of healthcare for patients. We will use the Siriraj 5G Smart Hospital as a pilot with the aim of expanding the model to other hospitals.”

Abel Deng, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., highlighted that “Huawei has collaborated with Siriraj Hospital to transform it into a world-class hospital, and introduced the Innovation Lab at Srisavarindira building as part of its 5G infrastructure last year. This signifies an upgrade for Thailand’s public health industry and contributes to Siriraj’s transition to becoming a smart hospital, in line with Huawei’s mission to Grow in Thailand, Contribute to Thailand.”

The cross-sector collaboration will enhance and upgrade the services of Siriraj Hospital to progress for it to become a smart medical centre using digital technologies based on 5G, AI, big data infrastructure, and cloud processing for the purpose of patient tracking, disease diagnosis, data analysis, and allocation of resources – all of which will help pave the way to fulfill Siriraj Hospital’s vision to become the medical institute of the nation.

By Bich Thuy

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