Bharti Airtel has collaborated with Apollo Hospitals and Cisco to develop a 5G linked ambulance that can save lives in emergency scenarios.
The demonstration took place in Bengaluru using Airtel’s 5G testing spectrum.
The 5G connected ambulance trial included the newest medical equipment, patient monitoring apps, and telemetry devices that provide real-time patient health data to the hospital.
It also has onboard cameras, camera-based headgear, and bodycams for paramedics, all connected to Airtel’s ultra-fast 5G network.
The 5G Connected Ambulance works as an extension of the emergency department when transporting a critical patient to the hospital.
“We are happy to deepen our ties with Apollo Hospitals and Cisco to provide some unique use cases for the Indian market,” said Ajay Chitkara, Director & CEO, Bharti Airtel Business.
A connected ambulance can minimise mortality and use the Golden Hour to the benefit of patients, according to Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group.
“The ‘Golden hour’ is crucial. It can save the lives of critically ill or traumatised people in an emergency. Increasing the distance to the hospital has been linked to increased mortality. These observations drove us to work with Airtel on the 5G connected ambulance project and leverage 5G for its seamless, lag-free connectivity,” Reddy said.
Anand Bhaskar, Managing Director, Service Provider Business, Cisco India & SAARC, said the partnership with Airtel is a step towards bringing the great possibilities of 5G to life by boosting critical-care application performance.
Bhaskar said 5G will “enable new use cases and improve efficiency across every industry,” including healthcare, where it will “empower clinicians with meaningful analytics to boost patient monitoring and treatment.”