Transforming healthcare with 5G

A future solution for improving health care is already in Oulu as 5G-technology is being tested in OuluHealth-ecosystem OYS TestLab environment. When 5G becomes available, a much wider array of devices will be able to communicate at the same time performing powerful computations thanks to a connection to the cloud.

‘’ Oulu is the first city to test this next generation network in the hospital environment’’, says Heidi Tikanmäki, Key Account Director of BusinessOulu Life Science. The test is part of the Future Hospital 2030 programme and is said to bring positive change to healthcare efforts on a global scale.

Finland has invested in health for decades and is now internationally considered a forerunner in health sector research, innovation, investment and new business activities. The scope and speed of 5G will facilitate wireless and remote communication between advanced medical instruments and hospitals. Undoubtedly, digital technology will also bridge the gaps between consumers and clinicians. Most recent innovations developed in Finland were presented in November during Medica 2016 in Düsseldorf as a perfect example of tomorrow’s successful healthcare delivery models.

The innovations in healthcare technology include:

  • Peili Vision speech therapy through games
  • Near Real remote health care service which enables video appointment sessions between a patient and a doctor. It provides the highest-quality video connection making it possible to verify even a patient’s blood sugar measurements.
  • Ōura Ring, which provides a more intelligent connection to body’s signals and consequently a constant flow of insightful data 24/7
  • CGI  solutions for remote healthcare services
  • Nukute user-friendly technology to assist in diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, snoring and bruxism
  • Medanets application for caregivers used for point-of-care data recording so that data entries are updated into the Electronic Health Record and are immediately available to other caregivers

The development of technologies focused on the medical sector is defined as one of the trends in the future of interconnected medicine.

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