HKT, in partnership with CUHK Medical Centre (“CUHKMC”), is setting a standard for 5G smart hospitals. Being the first private hospital in Hong Kong fully covered with 5G, CUHKMC will create breakthroughs in making use of 5G technology to drive innovative medical applications such as remote consultation and remote training, thereby accelerating digital transformation in the healthcare industry.
As a pioneer of 5G developments in Hong Kong, HKT can fully leverage 5G’s unique advantages of ultra-high speeds of over 1Gbps and extremely low latency of less than 10ms. The technology can deliver an immersive experience through a combination of extremely high-quality ultra-HD 4K video, 3D imaging, VR, AR and multi-camera view. Medical images such as those obtained from endoscopy, ultrasounds, CT scans and X-ray of a high resolution can be transferred in real time via 5G for remote medical consultation.
Located in Shatin, next to the University MTR Station, CUHKMC is a non-profit, private teaching hospital wholly owned by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). CUHKMC is dedicated to offering quality healthcare services for the people of Hong Kong. Surpluses from healthcare services are ploughed back to the hospital for hospital development and the CUHK Faculty of Medicine for research and teaching. HKT has built full 5G coverage for CUHKMC to enable its digital capabilities. The network keeps CUHKMC staff connected, as well as connecting devices such as cameras, iPads and medical equipment in operating theatres, endoscopy rooms, patient wards and the auditorium. 5G also enables remote clinical training for medical students and facilitates the hosting of international medical conferences at CUHKMC with participants physically located in the Greater Bay Area and overseas.
Mr. Tom Chan, Managing Director of Commercial Group of HKT, said, “We are honoured to collaborate with CUHKMC to bring the benefits of 5G into the healthcare sector, and together set a new benchmark on how healthcare services can be delivered. Through the innovative use of 5G technology to support a wide array of smart hospital applications such as remote consultation (doctor-to-doctor), remote training (doctor-to-student) and telemedicine (doctor-to-patient), resources in the hospital can be optimized and patients can receive the best possible care. 5G also supports other innovative applications such as the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) and robotics to better serve Hong Kong people.”
Dr. Fung Hong, Chief Executive Officer of CUHKMC, said, “The focus of our smart hospital is to improve the patient journey by delivering the best treatment and enhancing medical safety. Through our partnership with HKT on 5G technology and applications, the digital transformation of CUHKMC is accelerated and thus the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the hospital are improved. CUHKMC, as a university hospital, is uniquely positioned for the early adoption of new technology to be applied in practice in the healthcare sector.”