"Hi, I'm a paramedic. How is the patient? He can't move his left foot, but he is still conscious, right?" This is an example of what paramedics deal with every day. It's a race against death to find a way to save lives.
At around 11:00 am on May 25, a middle-aged tourist had a heart attack at the International Horticultural Exhibition and suffered from intense chest pains. Under the scorching sun, he walked to the WF8 medical service site.
The emergency medical service system and commanding center jointly built by China Unicom and Huawei are some of the highlights of this year's International Horticultural Exhibition. The system combines 5G remote emergency services coordination, remote consultations, and remote surgery coordination, in order to let exhibitions run smoothly and keep tourists safe. Those who participated in creating the system and center pride themselves for addressing the challenges and difficulties presented by the exhibition's remoteness and insufficient medical resources.
"Other doctors will first give diagnosis and then provide treatment. But for us paramedics, we can't wait even for a second. We need to diagnose and provide treatment as fast as we can. Now 5G is available and has brought many changes. At this exhibition, it provided significant support in terms of emergency medical services. I felt a great sense of achievement when I was able to save a life," said a paramedic who provides emergency healthcare services.
5G is everywhere in healthcare from first aid to telemedicine
5G isn't just limited to supporting emergency medical services at the exhibition. No matter if it's in narrow attic, crowded marketplace, or in the middle of nowhere, 5G+ smart healthcare saves precious time in life-or-death situations.
Emergency medical services have been revolutionized by 5G. In one such case, it was used to help medical professionals connect with the hospital as they were carrying a patient to the ambulance. Technicians at the hospital could start an ultrasound of the patient's abdomen using a 5G live stream. Even more crucial was that medical professionals were able to quickly look up the patient's medical history based on 5G facial recognition, which helped them determine a blood transfusion plan. In the meantime, they were able to send a blood sample to the hospital by drones for testing before the ambulance arrived.
5G+ smart healthcare could present us lots of possibilities
Statistically speaking, the number of people over 60 in China has reached 241 million, and there are nearly 300 million people who suffer from chronic diseases. However, there are fewer than 2.5 certified (assistant) doctors for every 1,000 people. There is a severe lack of medical resources and they are not distributed evenly.
At the previous HUAWEI CONNECT, Winning Health and Huawei jointly launched the Smart Healthcare Data Lake Solution, which integrates Huawei's healthcare data lake platform and Winning Health's smart hospital 2.0 and regional healthcare 3.0. The high-quality solutions can be easily shared and analyzed. It also helps medical regulators and research institutes build a smart, integrated, and reliable healthcare big data platform, and this speeds up innovation for smart healthcare applications. The ecosystem for 5G+ smart healthcare is still expanding and is very promising.
"Many people do not call us doctors. Maybe to them, we are just like porters. But we don't mind. We just want to get our patients to the hospital safely. Speed and efficiency are what we value most. In the future, we hope that 5G can bring about more innovations in the healthcare sector's technology and equipment. We hope it will improve emergency healthcare services and surgeries and make them more efficient, so that more people benefit," a paramedic said, which reflects the expectations there are for the upgrade and transformation of healthcare.
5G+ smart healthcare is increasingly transforming the traditional healthcare model by applying technologies like big data, and it is making healthcare all-sensing and more intelligent. In addition, it also helps address the current system's challenges more quickly and professionally, and it will better reach the goals of integrating and sharing healthcare resources as well as building a regional healthcare information sharing and coordination system. Huawei is committed to promoting 5G+ smart healthcare to save more time for emergency healthcare services, benefiting people and societies in the process.