A new video streaming service that allows A&E doctors to triage patients before they arrive at hospital is being developed.
The 5G-enabled system will provide live footage of patients being transported to hospital in ambulances, enabling clinicians to decisions on their care in advance.
The project is being developed by Kingston University in London and Internet of Things (IoT) company, Pangea Connected.
Professor of wireless communications, Christos Politis, and associate professor, Dr Nada Philip, are leading on the project for Kingston University.
Professor Politis said: “The idea is to give doctors and surgeons a virtual environment to see what they are dealing with in real time.
“It could help with triaging care or even allow medics to advise ambulance crews on treatment, improving chances of survival in life or death cases.
“It would mean medical teams know exactly what they are dealing with when the patient arrives at hospital, which would be a real game changer.”
NHS ambulance trusts responded to seven million separate incidents in 2017 alone and finding new ways to reduce patient turnaround time upon arrival at hospital could help alleviate levels of unprecedented pressure.
Dan Cunliffe, Pangea’s managing director, said: “By combining our connectivity, commercial expertise, and Channel access with the knowledge of Kingston University’s academics, along with access to its 5G testbed, we’ll pave the way for data transferal over powerful 5G networks.
“The solution will be the first of its kind in the world. It will completely transform how video and other data compression is used across industries and unlock fresh revenue streams for our partners and bring us a step closer to a 5G world.”
The research is being carried out through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, a part government-funded programme.
More focus is being place on innovations in ambulances, with a report published in October 2018 stating there needs to be a ‘renewed emphasis’.