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India’s first 5 G-connected ambulance service launched in Kolkata

  Apollo Multispeciality Hospitals Kolkata launched India’s first comprehensive 5 G-connected ambulance service in Kolkata on Friday. Th...


Apollo Multispeciality Hospitals Kolkata launched India’s first comprehensive 5 G-connected ambulance service in Kolkata on Friday.

The comprehensively connected 5G Ambulance is set to transform access to healthcare and save lives in emergency situations. The custom-designed, state-of-the-art 5G-connected Ambulance is equipped with the latest medical equipment, patient monitoring applications, and telemetry devices that transmit the patient’s health data to the hospital with low latency. It is also equipped with onboard cameras connected to the ultra-fast and low-latency 5G network. The integrated connected care technology solution is provided by HealthNet Global Limited.

Dr K Hari Prasad, president, Hospitals Division, Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Limited, said, “The 5G-connected ambulances use advances in technology to provide immediate access to the seriously ill and injured. It enables advanced care from the spot where the patient is through the journey to the hospital and in the Emergency room. This is truly a pathbreaking initiative and will be an important tool in saving precious lives.”  He also announced that this emergency service would be provided free of cost within city limits. As of now, one ambulance is on call with two more being readied for service. Plans are to have 200 such ambulances pan India within the next six months.

Rana Dasgupta, CEO, Eastern Region, Apollo Hospitals Group, said, “Keeping up with our tradition to always offer modern healthcare, we bring the 5G-connected ambulance to save the lives of critical patients and utilize the Golden Hour to the benefit of patients. The ambulance will provide real-time images and data due to super-fast streaming and the image clarity would also be very high due to the 5G technology. Treatment will now begin when the patient is on the way to the hospital.

Dr Surinder Singh Bhatia, Director Medical Service, Apollo Hospitals, Kolkata, said, “The criticality of the 'Golden Hour' is well known and it can mean the difference between life and death for seriously ill or trauma patients in an emergency. The Golden Hour is impacted by the facilities in an ambulance and the distance from the hospital. With the 5G-connected ambulance, it is the hospital on wheels that reaches the patient to start early management.”

Dr Arijit Bose, Senior Consultant & Head Department of Emergency Medicine, Apollo Multispeciality Hospitals, Kolkata, added, “The super-fast streaming and the image clarity of the 5G-connected ambulance would help us to save many lives as timely treatment can be started even in the transit phase in the ambulance itself. Along with medication, if needed, interventions and intubations can also be done in the ambulance itself.” 


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