Thailand launches ASEAN's first 5G smart hospital

Thailand launches ASEAN's first 5G smart hospital

Thailand Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), the oldest and largest hospital in the country Siriraj Hospital, and Huawei Technologies have opened a 5G smart hospital project in the country.

It is the first and largest 5G smart hospital project in the country and the ASEAN region, said a press release from the Chinese multinational technology corporation.

The 5G Smart Hospital will deliver a more efficient and convenient experience to patients by introducing technologies such as 5G, cloud, and artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, Siriraj Hospital and Huawei will establish a Joint Innovation Lab to incubate over 30 innovative 5G applications that will be promoted nationwide from 2022.

General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister, said: “Thailand understands the importance of technology, and today is an important first step in the utilization of digital technologies and 5G in the medical field. We are thankful for the long-lasting friendship and collaboration between Thailand and China. We admire Siriraj Hospital and Mahidol University and would like to thank Huawei, NBTC, and all other partners. We hope the project will act as a blueprint for all smart hospitals in Thailand going forward.”

Han Zhiqiang, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Thailand, emphasized that China will leverage technology to help Thailand fight the pandemic. “China and Thailand’s 5G cooperation has become a model in the region, helping Thailand become the first country in Southeast Asia to launch 5G commercial use. China will continue to support Huawei and other Chinese companies in advancing Smart Hospitals and bringing better lives for Thai and Chinese people.”

Abel Deng, CEO of Huawei Thailand, said: Siriraj Hospital and Huawei signed a five-year MoU in December 2020 to accelerate the use of 5G and cloud technologies. In June, 5G unmanned vehicles were introduced for contactless medical supplies delivery. Last year, Siriraj was awarded by CommunicAsia for “Most Innovative 5G Trial in Asia Pacific Region.”

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