Thai gov’t, Huawei launch ASEAN’s 1st 5G smart hospital

Huawei Technologies and Thailand’s Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) have jointly launched the Siriraj World Class 5G Smart Hospital, touted as the first and largest 5G smart hospital project in the ASEAN region.

The project is aimed at bringing more efficient and convenient experience to patients by introducing technologies such as 5G, cloud, and artificial intelligence.

Also, Siriraj Hospital and Huawei will establish a Joint Innovation Lab to incubate innovative 5G applications. They have started piloting 5G portable medical boxes, 5G unmanned vehicle, 5G medical carts, and 5G smart hospital beds. 

Through the joint lab, is expected that 30 5G medical applications will be incubated and promoted nationwide in 2022.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, Siriraj Hospital and Huawei have established long-term cooperation in 5G technology development and application. In June 2020, they launched 5G self-driving vehicles for contactless delivery of medical supplies. 

In December 2020, Huawei signed a five-year memorandum of understanding with Siriraj Hospital to accelerate the intelligent operation of the latter using digital technologies such as 5G.

Abel Deng, Huawei Thailand CEO, said that Huawei has unveiled the Innovation Lab at Siriraj Hospital’s Srisavarindira Building as part of its 5G infrastructure project last year.

“This signifies a model for upgrading Thailand’s public health industry in the future and contributes to Siriraj’s transition to becoming a Smart Hospital, in line with Huawei’s mission to Grow in Thailand, Contribute to Thailand,” said Deng.

At the launching ceremony held last Dec. 16, Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha noted that the project will help reduce processes for medical personnel, decrease overall risk, and will improve the effectiveness and efficacy of healthcare for patients. 

“We will use Siriraj 5G Smart Hospital as a pilot project with the aim of expanding to other hospitals in the future,” said Prayut. “We hope the project will act as a blueprint for all Smart Hospitals in Thailand going forward.”