Author: TIP News
The Radiology Institute (InRad) of the Hospital das Clínicas, Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo (HCFMUSP) in Brazil is launching their first field trial of a 5G private network. The project will be housed at InovaHC, the Innovation Center of the Hospital das Clínicas, and is coordinated by Deloitte in collaboration with Telecom Infra Project (TIP), Itaú Unibanco, NEC, Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI), Inter-American Development Bank (BID) and the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (Poli-USP).
The field trial will assess 5G data transmission capacity, response time, and the feasibility of carrying out remote examinations using the increased speed and lower latency the next-generation 5G private network provides. The proof of concept for the project, OpenCare 5G, will initially focus on the viability of conducting remote ultrasound exams using 5G connectivity with on-premise private network infrastructure.
The project will follow the TIP 5G Private Networks Solution Group framework which brings together a range of industry experts to develop, test and deploy this technology based solution to help advance healthcare for enhanced application performance. The parties involved in the OpenCare 5G tests include:
- Deloitte will coordinate the project, proposing sustainable business models for the ecosystem.
- InovaHC will contribute its research facilities and experience in attracting investors from the technology, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries to promote academic research and foster national technology.
- Itaú Unibanco will provide its expertise in technology, as the first bank in Brazil to use Open RAN to provide a 5G connection, allocating part of its data center capacity.
- The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) 5G Private Networks Solution Group will support this use case by developing and publishing a blueprint in collaboration with NEC and Deloitte that will help scale the solution for future deployments around the world.
- NEC will act as the systems integrator of the network layer, managing the installation, configuration and commissioning of the indoor 5G network at InovaHC and Itaú Unibanco’s data center.
- The Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI) is supporting the project to encourage the adoption of new technologies and new business models, in order to contribute to greater productivity in the industrial sector and competitiveness in the country.
- The Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (Poli-USP) will be responsible for the system architecture and research methodology during the implementation of the tests with an eye to the future, aware of how the technology will impact the development of new solutions.
Giovanni Guido Cerri, president of the Innovation Commission (InovaHC) at Hospital das Clínicas and president of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Radiology, said: “This project will positively impact the delivery of patient care -accelerating digitization, personalized medicine, improving access, and reducing costs. Without a doubt, it will be an impetus for new investments in health and technology development, as well as improving access and reducing inequalities. It will also contribute to improving diagnostic quality and digital health.”
Márcia Ogawa, partner and leader of the Technology, Media and Telecom Industry practice at Deloitte Brazil, said: “This project is of significant social and economic relevance. It’s fundamental for public health and the development of research and products in the area of connectivity in Brazil. The use of 5G in healthcare and this trial promotes great positive impacts, attracting investment to the country and the development of new technologies to improve the quality of patient care, expanding access to public health, and better, faster care during emergencies. We are pleased to work with several leading organizations from the technology, telecom, and banking industries, to develop this project within the Hospital das Clínicas, one of Latin America’s top teaching hospitals, which will benefit the wider Brazilian health system (Sistema Único de Saúde).”
Angelo Guerra, president of NEC Brazil said: “The InovaHC use case for mobile ultrasound provides a cutting edge opportunity to showcase NEC’s integration capabilities to develop the solution at scale for several enterprise industry verticals. NEC’s seasoned system integrator capabilities will help incubate all aspects of the solution from onboarding to deployment in addition to building a blueprint collaborating within the ecosystem of TIP’s 5G Private Networks Solution Group.”
“The 5G private network takes the evolution of networks to the next level. Businesses see the potential to reap the benefits of 5G with dedicated infrastructure for an immersive user experience. TIP, in collaboration with Deloitte, NEC, and OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer), is providing a platform for all partners to incubate critical Inova healthcare use cases in this field trial, expanding the community’s relevance to enterprise verticals, opening the door to more use cases,” explains Sriram Subramanian, Technical Lead of TIP’s 5G Private Networks Solution Group.
Notes to Editors:
The Technological Innovation Center – InovaHC – connects entrepreneurs and resources in order to generate more efficient healthcare innovation solutions for managers, physicians and patients. For this, it works on three fronts: In.cube (Incubator of ideas), In.pulse (Business Accelerator) and In.pacte (impacts people by supporting the potential and scalability of the businesses developed). Its general proposal is in accordance with state and federal laws, which are motivated to make technological innovation a strategic component of economics and development. For more information, visit www.inovahc.com.br.
Deloitte is the largest professional services organization in the world, with 345,000 professionals generating impacts that really matter in more than 150 countries. With 175 years of history, it currently offers auditing, business consulting, financial advisory, risk management and tax consulting services to public and private clients from the most diverse sectors. In Brazil, where it has been operating since 1911, Deloitte is the market leader, with 6,000 professionals and operations nationwide, from 13 offices. For more information, access: www.deloitte.com.br.
About Itaú Unibanco
The purpose of Itaú Unibanco is to promote the transforming power of people through a strategic agenda focused on the client and on digital transformation, also based on the diversity of our people. Itaú Unibanco is the largest bank in Latin America, with a presence in 18 countries and over 56 million individual and corporate customers from all segments, to which we offer the best experience in financial products and services. Itaú Unibanco was chosen for the 21st consecutive time to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), being the only Latin American financial institution to be part of the index since its creation in 1999.
About NEC in Brazil
With a 52-year history in the Brazilian market, NEC is one of the country’s most important suppliers of technologies aimed at communication networks and public and cyber security, serving telecommunications operators, companies and governments. The company has decades of expertise in the implementation and integration of highly complex end-to-end projects and solutions, in addition to operating in several segments, such as supercomputing. The company is a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a group that has been in business for more than 120 years, which promotes the safety, security, fairness and efficiency of society. Under the company’s corporate message, “Orchestrating a Brighter World,” NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and create new social value for tomorrow’s changing world. For more information, visit NEC at https://br.nec.com.
About the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI)
The Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI) works for the national productive sector to increase its productivity, competitiveness and profitability. From the formulation of programs and services, ABDI effectively contributes to economic development. More recently, activities have focused on encouraging digital transformation, new business models and the use of technologies in smart cities. ABDI is an inductor of the culture of digitization in the national economy, generates competitive intelligence and is responsible for the articulation between public and private agents, always with a focus on the development of the Brazilian productive sector.
About USP Polytechnic School
With over 125 years of existence, the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (Poli-USP) is considered the most complete engineering school in Latin America. With qualified human resources and unique infrastructure, Poli stands out for its excellence in teaching and research. It trained generations of engineers who have distinguished themselves not only in their professional specialties but also in the political life of the country and in the administration of companies and public bodies.