University brings 5G network online in innovative project

Germany is closer to applying 5G technology to improving rural healthcare. The Technical University of Amberg-Weiden (OTH Amberg-Weiden) in July inaugurated a 5G campus network that is part of “5G4Healthcare” an innovation initiative supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV).

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The new network is intended to explore the enormous potential 5G technology offers to improve healthcare, including real-time transmission of electrocardiograms (ECG) from ambulances, data from mobile emergency medical devices, and teleconsultations. The project leader for 5G4Healthcare, Steffen Hamm, explained, “The capacity to transmit large amounts of data in real-time means that 5G is the basis for innovative medical services. The launch of the new solutions allows us, both on campus and with local care providing partners, to explore the potential of 5G.”

OTH Amberg-Weiden has been taking part in the 5G4Healthcare project since 2019. The university’s work has been divided into three stages. Phase 1 included the creation of the use cases “Integrated Care” and “Homecare.” These use cases were then implemented in Phase 2, while Phase 3 is for testing and evaluation. The aim of the project is to develop new solutions that will serve as a blueprint for digitally supported medical and healthcare approaches in rural areas.

Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, this year made EUR 66 million available to promote the implementation of 5G. Within the scope of this support, the OTH Amberg-Weiden project is part of a major BMDV program aimed at developing innovative 5G digital applications in healthcare and other industries. 5G4Healthcare is one of six regional research initiatives.

What is more, the BMDV program includes innovation competitions that have resulted in the distribution of millions in grants to more than 65 cities, regions, and associations. In the area of healthcare, these include in particular, a number of emergency medical applications for municipal ambulance services.

The BMDV’s program is typical of other German government initiatives to promote the latest in healthcare in terms of technology and medicine. The export initiative for the German healthcare industry, HEALTH MADE IN GERMANY, is the place to learn more about projects like 5G4Healthcare, which have helped to make Germany a global leader in the areas of pharmaceuticals, medical technology, medical biotechnology, and digital health.