In a medical emergency, every moment counts. Delays can be deadly.
While paramedics can provide basic emergency care, they aren’t trained to diagnose root causes like specialist doctors. For example: if a patient might have suffered organ damage, you’d need a sonographer to perform an ultrasound, give a diagnosis, and suggest a course of care.
On the other hand, some patients taken to A&E turn out to be false alarms—costing the paramedics and doctors precious time that could have been spent on someone who needs it.
Because of this, triage is one of the most critical—and expensive—parts of emergency care. Ambulance trusts could save up to £90m if response times sped up by just 5 minutes.
So we’ve joined forces with Kingston University, working alongside two leading professors and hiring a doctor of wireless communications into our team to help the emergency services using 5G telemedicine.
Lifesaving 5G video streams that drastically cut triage times.
First came building the telemedicine platform. We sourced some of the world’s first 5G routers, spent a year developing a video compression algorithm, and secured cameras with tilt and zoom features.
This gave us the core of the solution: video-streams and data transferral capabilities over ultra fast, ultra reliable 5G, with latencies as low as 1ms guaranteeing that images were accurate to the millisecond.
Then with support from Croydon Health Services, we used various ambulance testbeds to simulate the solution and make tweaks.
After that, we brought it to trial with ambulance trusts around the UK, collecting feedback from doctors and patients alike.