Beeline and Huawei together with the Russian Society of Endoscopic Surgeons demonstrated the first ever real medical consultation at a distance right during real surgical operations using their 5G pilot network.
In one of the GMS Hospital clinics and in the Skolkovo innovation center, zones with support for data transmission according to the 5G standard were installed. Thanks to this, the doctor of medical sciences, being far from the clinic, consulted and monitored the progress of two operations in real time.
To do this, several cameras broadcasting in high resolution 4K video and a multimedia board of Huawei were installed in the operating room. Thanks to the work of the 5G network, the picture was transmitted without delay, artifacts and “friezes”.
The first operation was warm-up: the head of the GMS Hospital surgery center, surgeon Badma Nikolayevich Bashankaev, removed an NFC chip implanted in the arm of Beeline Executive Vice President George Held, 4 years ago.
The second operation was more serious: a cancerous tumor was removed from an anonymous patient. The operation was carried out using a laparoscope connected to a 5G network with a 4K camera and an anesthetic board.
During the process, the operating surgeon and counseling professor Emelyanov, director of the hospital of the Central Union, exchanged opinions and advice, using not only video-audio communication, but also an interactive whiteboard.
The course of operations was also watched by invited journalists in Moscow, and students of the Ryazan State Medical University.
As a result, the operations were successfully carried out, the students gained experience, the professor advised, and the journalists had enough to see enough on the inside.
The use of 5G technology can contribute to healthcare development. Thanks to the capabilities of the new communication standard, patients in remote regions who need immediate operational assistance from specialists will no longer have to go to a polyclinic or hospital in large regional centers.
An urgent video call to a more competent specialist can save the patient’s life. Also, in the near future, new technologies may be in demand in the field of diagnosis and monitoring of the condition of patients with chronic diseases.