New technologies – 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), and cloud technologies – will expand the connectivity capabilities of the healthcare system. Patients will become more active participants in improving their health, and will be able to take actions independently to manage their well-being, diagnosis and treatment, thereby improving treatment outcomes and quality of life, while at the same time reducing overall costs in the healthcare system. Experts from Huawei in Eurasia spoke about the main trends in the digitization of medicine and successful projects in this field at the first All-Russian conference “Communication and Medicine 2022: Digital Services for Remote Health Monitoring”.
The development of telemedicine solutions has been a priority for Huawei in the global market in recent years. The company’s global experience shows that today there are three main trends in the healthcare sector: 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), and cloud technologies. Vadim Chebakov, Huawei Executive Adviser in EurasiaDuring a panel discussion entitled “Digitizing Healthcare: How Information Technologies Help Improve the Efficiency of Medical Services Delivery”. 5G networks are the basis for telemedicine and telesurgery. 5G technologies allow the transmission of large amounts of information, such as CT and MRI results and patient records, as well as the use of AR/VR to organize the learning process. Today, smart wearable devices can transmit information about sleep cycles, heart rate, posture, and a person’s movements.
Many major healthcare providers use AI to diagnose and decide on a patient’s treatment plan. Without artificial intelligence, it will be impossible in the future to actually process the large amounts of information that intelligent medical devices will generate. AI does not replace the medical specialist, but can become an assistant who will bear the main burden of monitoring the patient’s condition and will notify the medical staff in case of any deviations.
The third trend of digital medicine is cloud technologies that act as the “home” of artificial intelligence. Cloud technologies make it possible to simplify the processing of patient data as much as possible, to have fast and secure access to the medical history, to ensure the stable operation of specialized applications such as telemedicine, video conferencing, scheduling a doctor’s appointment, and many others. “Cloud technologies in medicine are subject to increasing requirements in terms of reliability, availability, measurement and storage of information volumes. Huawei solutions fully meet these requirements,” said Vadim Chebakov.
In addition, 5G, artificial intelligence, and cloud technologies provide the functionality needed to meet the highest security requirements and protect patient privacy.
These trends are reflected in the Huawei Healthcare 2021 project in Thailand. Within the framework of the project, telemedicine services are implemented according to the following models:
- Physician – Doctor: for medical consultations and consultations;
- Patient doctor: the opportunity for the patient to receive a remote video consultation from a specialized specialist through a mobile application;
- Doctor – Student: advanced training and medical education;
- Doctor – Ambulance: transmits images and information about the patient’s condition to the hospital emergency room during his transfer, allowing you to get all the necessary information before the patient arrives.
Vadim Chebakov explained that by the end of 2022, it is planned to connect 500 medical institutions to the project, and by the end of 2027 their number will reach 8,500. Thanks to 5G technology, every resident of Thailand will be able to remotely receive specialized medical advice.
Also in 2021, Huawei participated in a government project to improve the efficiency of medical services in West Africa in Côte d’Ivoire. “In the country, it is difficult for residents to get a specialist doctor’s consultation. Under the state project, five medical institutions, including two large regional hospitals, are equipped with innovative solutions and functions: telemedicine systems, video conferencing, a database of electronic patient records ‘ said Vadim Chebakov.
Huawei is pursuing another digital healthcare project with partner United Imaging Healthcare, a leading manufacturer of CT, MRI and PET/CT scanners in China. Huawei integrates with the device, allowing you to quickly transfer and store information based on survey results and provide quick access to it if necessary.
The largest telecom operators in different countries of the world are involved in healthcare digitization projects. “The digitization of education, production, mining, mineral processing, finance, retail and other industries is one of the main development drivers for operators over the next five to seven years, and healthcare occupies a special place due to the close interest in this field. More and more countries are showing demand from society, and the will of the state to implement Changes and technological readiness of the national ICT infrastructure jointly built with Huawei: from optical and 5G connections to multi-cloud converged access with a network, ” Pavel Sirotinkin, Huawei’s Eurasia Executive Marketing Expert. Russian telecom operators have an extensive network and cloud infrastructure, the further development of which will provide a wide range of services for digital medicine in the near future: from leasing of dedicated channels and cloud resources to SaaS and creating network layers (chips) with specific characteristics of throughput, delay, reliability and scalability, as well as The expert believes.