Man installing network scanner and GPS in ambulance

5G emergency-medical IT health bridge

Friday 02 Sep 22

Contact

Sarah Renée Ruepp
Associate Professor
DTU Electro
+45 45 25 36 27

Contact

Lars Dittmann
Professor, Group Leader
DTU Electro
+45 45 25 38 51

Project partners

  • Department of Neurology, Zealand University Hospital
  • Research unit in staff, Zealand University Hospital
  • Department of Electrical and Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
  • Department of Electro and Information Technology, University of Lund

Project

  • Supported by: Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak
  • Project period: Dec. 1st 2021 – September 30th 2022
  • Project budget: 99.764 Euro
A DTU Electro research project with Zealand University Hospital investigates the possibilities of upgrading teledata communication in Region Zealand, so that large amounts of data, e.g. scan images, can be sent from the ambulance to the hospital, thus enabling faster specialized treatment for patients.

Each year, there are around 40,000 emergency ambulance dispatches in Region Zealand. The sudden serious and often complex health problems could for example be convulsions, strokes (cerebral blood clots and cerebral hemorrhages) or serious injuries in connection with, among other things, traffic accidents or accidents at the workplace or at home.


For these types of emergencies, time is an absolutely decisive and critical factor in whether the patient will recover afterwards, and in a geographical area such as Zealand, many emergencies occur far away from the specialized treatment at the hospital.

 

Collaboration

With the project ”5G emergency-medical IT health bridge” we at DTU Electro are collaborating with Zealand University Hospital and University of Lund to investigate, whether it is possible to jointly develop a project to upgrade the teledata communication, so it will become possible to send large amounts of data, e.g. scan images, from the ambulance to the hospital. This would allow the commencement of a complex treatment already in the ambulance, thus saving valuable time for the patient.

 

1st of June was the first day that ambulance 3881 from Falck in Næstved drove around with a network scanner from DTU Electro. This was the initial exercise towards mapping the strength of the network in the region.

 

Goals

Upgrading to 5G teledata communication is specifically about developing a secure, reliable and stable data connection that supports large amounts of data in the form of telemedicine with video and sound over distances.

 

The upgrade will allow transfer of patient data, including data from data-heavy scans from ambulances to the region's servers, simultaneously allowing dialogue between specialists, practitioners and possibly patients, and complex treatment can begin already in the ambulance.

 

Region Zealand states “the main goal of this project is to find the right collaboration partners to upgrade and develop the digitization of health data between on-call doctor, ambulance and hospital” (an emergency-medical IT health bridge).

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