The hospital in Storuman gets 5G
Innovative technical solutions and products in healthcare will be the result when a 5G test bed is opened in the hospital in Storuman. For researchers at Luleå University of Technology, the test bed provides good opportunities to test new technology in real environments.
The hospital in Storuman brings together care-related functions for the entire municipality, there is a health center, dental clinic, emergency department, ward and home health care. The health center also has a so-called showroom, a self-care room where you can measure blood pressure, weight and heart rate. Parts of the hospital's premises have now been equipped with 5G equipment. Hopefully, the test bed will give researchers and organizations the opportunity to investigate how 5G can create new innovative solutions in health and care, such as shower robots and advanced alarms.
Karl Andersson, Professor of Pervasive and Mobile Computing at Luleå University of Technology, emphasizes the benefits of the test bed:
– We like to work with sharp use cases in real environments. For the university, it is important that the new technology is used in many different activities and that companies are given the opportunity to test new applications and services in health and care environments.
With the 5G network, the speed will be many times faster than with today's 4G. Wireless products can communicate with each other and with the world almost completely without delay. 5G also increases the possibility for more devices to be connected at the same time.
– 5G with its possibilities will simplify the work for the staff and it can contribute to better care for patients with more choices, says Pia Kristiansson, project manager in Local Health Care, Southern Lapland, Region Västerbotten.
– With 5G, it will be possible to do more at the hospital in Storuman and it is gratifying that the sparsely populated area is first in the new technology development.
Johannes Hörnberg, IT manager at Region Västerbotten, is also positive about the test environment.
– I think it is good that we as a region can show the importance and possibility of 5G as an infrastructure for the whole of Sweden, even for sparsely populated areas. In order for us to have the effect of a highly efficient mobile infrastructure, it is necessary that it becomes publicly available.