The uneven distribution of medical resources and the difficulty of cross regional medical treatment have always been the pain point of the development of the medical industry. With the advent of 5g era, these medical problems are expected to be solved.Guan Zhiyong, deputy general manager of R & D management of Mindray medical center, said at the salon of “5g enabling future industrial development” held by the daily economic news that 5g technology with high bandwidth, low delay and massive access has far-reaching significance for telemedicine.
“Due to the characteristics of the medical industry, high-quality medical resources are concentrated in large cities. If we want to popularize medical resources, we must connect the medical resources of large hospitals with those below the county level. The industry is discussing the change of 5g to medical treatment.” 5g intervention can make the effect of telemedicine better, and the high bandwidth and low delay provided are of great value to telemedicine.
For experts in large hospitals, daily visits and operations have occupied most of the day, and there is little time to go deep into the grass-roots level for guidance, but the technical improvement of grass-roots hospitals is inseparable from the support of higher-level hospitals. “Internet plus medical” has become a fulcrum connecting medical institutions. However, this model can only support the point-to-point communication between superior hospitals and grass-roots hospitals, and has some limitations in practical application.
One part of telemedicine is remote image transmission. Image data is relatively large and requires high-speed bandwidth transmission capacity. If the lag is too large and HD images cannot be transmitted, it will have an impact on remote diagnosis. Sometimes, cloud will be used to realize remote consultation and establish a data sharing platform. The application of remote operating room has higher requirements for transmission quality. Guan Zhiyong mentioned that he attended a meeting in Beijing last year. On site experts guided a hospital in a prefecture level city to do remote surgery, and the effect was not particularly good.
“Because a large amount of data needs to be transmitted, from ultrasound images to radiation tracking images and on-site monitoring instruments, the on-site effect is not very good. Some surgical guidance has been provided for remote operating room treatment. If the surgical robot is used for remote surgery, the requirement for time delay is very high.” he further pointed out that 5g provides high bandwidth Low time delay will be more valuable for remote surgery.
Under the condition of 5g, the original medical data can be stored, analyzed and archived in real time, which is of great significance to improve the level of national and even global emergency diagnosis and treatment. Although it is still in the exploratory stage, many enterprises have arranged in advance and are eager to try.
In the rescue of the earthquake in Changning County, Sichuan Province in June this year, doctors of Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital conducted remote consultation for the two wounded in the Changning earthquake through 5g medical ambulances in the disaster area. The medical staff used Mindray medical equipment to complete a series of examinations such as blood test, ECG and B-ultrasound for the wounded at the first time, seamlessly transmit medical images, signs, records and other vital information to the hospital through 5g network, and “move forward” the first aid scene in real time, so as to strive for more time and greater vitality for patients’ surgical treatment.
Although 5g technology allows people to have a lot of imagination about the future medical technology, how to achieve seamless connection with medical treatment and clear business model still needs to be explored. Guan Zhiyong said frankly that 5g technology has not become an indispensable element in the medical field. In addition to emergency rescue, it has not reached the level of “only with this technology can we do”. In terms of the application of medical devices, the bottleneck of comprehensive localization at present is that there is no breakthrough in core technology, so 5g needs a process to become mature in the medical field.