India's First Assisted Reality enabled 5G Smart Ambulance | Aster Medcity

Posted on : Apr 29, 2023

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Aster Medcity in partnership with Apothecary Medical Services sets a new benchmark in healthcare innovation by introducing the country’s first assisted reality ambulance. The latest 5G satellite technology-enabled ambulance service was launched here at Thiruvananthapuram on 11th April 2023. The Assisted Reality Ambulance is a virtual emergency room on wheels that are equipped with state-of-the-art on-live Point of Care (POC) devices such as ABG, ECG, USG, etc., enabling instant screening and diagnosis of patients.

The ambulance has been designed with special features such as a crash cart door that can be accessed from the outside for treating casualties in disaster fields, and connected assisted reality smart glasses for live specialist support. The ambulance is also equipped with Wi-Fi-connected biomedical devices that transmit live dynamic data to specialists in the control room. With the support of specialists, patients are monitored and treated throughout the transit via technology.

The point-of-care devices inside the ambulance transfer live patient parameters to the control room, including blood gases, internal bleeding images, ECG, stethoscope sounds, etc. The 5G satellite streaming technology provides live access to the specialist's support, which results in early specialist intervention, better support for junior doctors, and better decision-making for treatment.

The 5G-enabled ambulance has been designed to load ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation is a life support machine that takes over the function of the heart and lungs altogether. It pumps and oxygenates a patient's blood outside the body, allowing the heart and lungs to rest.) and IABP (An intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) is a type of therapeutic device helping the heart to pump more blood) together for the transfer of critically ill patients. Additionally, there are no curtains or papers in the ambulance, but smart glass windows and voice commands for better communication between the patient and the medical team. The ambulance has a center-positioned patient stretcher and on-live connected devices. It is designed with a center-positioned patient stretcher and on-live connected devices, making it unique in the ambulance industry. This feature enables the ambulance to function as a virtual emergency room with the specialist from the control room serving as the team leader.

With this, we are all set to redefine emergency care in Kerala.