The USA’s first 5G healthcare lab

5G healthcare lab

Verizon and Emory Healthcare recently began a strategic partnership to develop and test 5G Ultra Wideband-enabled use cases that have the potential to transform the healthcare industry. To commence the partnership, Verizon lit up the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub (EHIH) with 5G Ultra Wideband service, making it the nation’s first 5G healthcare innovation lab.

EHIH is a healthcare improvement and commercialization initiate, dedicated to improving aspects of patient care and the provider experience. To do this, EHIH leverages the 11TEN Innovation Partners “demand driven innovation” approach to solving the most concerning and immediate problems that are facing healthcare. Verizon will partner with Emory and its nine Innovation Hub Partners which include founding partner Sharecare, to help catalyze the development of healthcare solutions that 5G can offer.

The immense bandwidth, rapid speeds and ultra-low latency of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network, have the capabilities to help redefine patient care with real-time data analytics, providing researchers with the capacity to explore solutions like that of connected ambulances, remote physical therapy and next-generation medical imaging. EHIH will also be able to test how 5G could enrich augment and virtual reality (AR/VR) applications for medical training, allow telemedicine and the remote monitoring of patients and also provide point of care diagnostic and imaging systems from the ambulance, straight to the emergency room.

 “The potential of Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband combined with mobile edge computing to transform healthcare is limitless,” said Tami Erwin, Executive VP and Group CEO of Verizon Business Group. “Which is why Verizon is partnering with Emory to explore the 5G future of patient care. With 5G, doctors should be able to do things like create holographic 3D anatomical renderings that can be studied from every angle and even projected onto the body in the OR to help guide surgery.”

The healthcare industry, driven by value-based care and increased consumerization, is set for a paradigm shift that will put a much greater focus on connectivity and access to data,” said Scott D. Boden, MD, Vice President of Business Innovation for Emory Healthcare. “Across every facet of healthcare, from care innovation to reimbursement model transformation to decentralization of care, speed to data is critical to the digital evolution of health,”

Inside Telecom recently released an article on Verizon’s 5G intentions. This collaboration comes as a part of the company’s wider strategy to partner with customers, startups, universities and large enterprises to look at how 5G can not only disrupt but transform most industries. Verizon now has five 5G labs in the United States and one newly opened in London, that specialize in developing 5G uses cases in industries ranging from healthcare to public safety to entertainment. This is the first 5G lab that Verizon has set up on the premises of a client and will be a part of an ongoing strategy to co-develop 5G-related use cases to enable customers to change their industries.

Furthermore, Verizon will offer network and security services, project management, professional consulting services and managed infrastructure and sit on the Emory Hub Executive Advisory Board.