Apollo introduces India’s first 5G-connected ambulance service

Apollo Multispeciality Hospitals Kolkata has recently unveiled a 5G-connected ambulance as part of their efforts to provide improved healthcare to patients during emergencies.

The ambulance has advanced medical equipment, patient monitoring applications, and telemetry devices that transmit vital health data to the hospital with minimal delay. Additionally, the ambulance has onboard cameras linked to a fast and low-latency fifth-generation network. HealthNet Global Limited provides the technology powering the ambulance.

A 5G-connected ambulance will transmit a patient’s vitals in real-time. This will enable doctors to make quicker decisions and advise paramedics on the move. Additionally, the low latency camera feed can help ambulance staff collaborate with ER specialists equipped with advanced technologies at the hospital. This also allows for instant tracking of the patient’s location, ensuring that the nearest ambulance can arrive quickly to assist in critical situations.

Bharti Airtel partnered with Cisco and Apollo Hospitals to demonstrate a 5G-connected ambulance in Bengaluru. Meanwhile, Reliance Jio collaborated with emergency medical services provider Medulance to launch a similar service.

“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,” said K Hari Prasad, President-Hospitals Division, Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Limited.

“Studies show that longer journeys to the hospital are associated with an increased risk of mortality, with a 10-km increase in straight-line distance associated with around a 1% absolute increase in mortality.

Instead of pre-hospital management, we may say that with the 5G-connected ambulance, it is the hospital on wheels that reaches the patient to start early management,” said Surinder Singh Bhatia, Director Medical Service, Apollo Hospitals, Kolkata.


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