Boston Scientific is collaborating with Telefónica España to provide ‘advanced healthcare technology’, including 5G, through its recently launched Remote Clinical Support Centre—RhythmCARE—which is intended to provide remote support to a number of hospitals in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Telefónica España, through its subsidiary company TedCas, will implement a remote control system for electrophysiology equipment at RhythmCARE in Madrid.
The system will collect information from various medical teams and send it via secure, low-latency, high-bandwidth mobile communications to a specialist technician, who will be able to visualise and analyse the physician’s assistance and provide remote support, Boston Scientific said in a press release.
According to Boston Scientific, using 5G connectivity, it will be possible to remotely control diagnostic equipment during a procedure and thus support the medical team in real time thanks to the possibility of transmitting large volumes of data and its low latency.
Micaela Martelli, eHealth director at Telefónica Spain, said: “This solution will help to optimise healthcare processes by facilitating remote intervention from expert professionals, avoiding unnecessary travel and thus reaching a larger number of hospitals.”
Angelo De Rosa, vice president and general manager, Rhythm Management EMEA, Boston Scientific, said: “I am delighted that Boston Scientific and Telefónica are entering this pilot. Boston Scientific is committed to the digital transformation of the healthcare sector and these kinds of solutions allow the knowledge of experts to be optimised in the field, removing geographical barriers and enhancing their availability, all of which helps to build better patient outcomes.”