Thailand Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Siriraj Hospital, and Huawei Technologies have opened a 5G smart hospital project in the country.

It is the first and largest 5G smart hospital project in the country and the ASEAN region.

Called ‘Siriraj World Class 5G Smart Hospital’ it aims to offer more convenience to patients by introducing 5G, cloud, and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said: “The Thai government understands the importance of technology, successfully drafting a plan for Digital Thailand, and today is an important first step in the utilization of digital technologies and 5G in the medical field.

“This will help reduce processes for medical personnel, decrease overall risk, and will improve the effectiveness and efficacy of healthcare for patients. We will use Siriraj 5G Smart Hospital as a pilot project with the aim of expanding to other hospitals in the future.”

Both, Siriraj Hospital and Huawei have also agreed to develop a Joint Innovation Lab to create innovative 5G applications.

Currently, the two organisations are involved in piloting portable medical boxes, unmanned vehicle, medical carts, and smart hospital beds using 5G technology.

They anticipate that nearly 30 5G medical applications will be incubated and promoted nationwide next year.

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Siriraj Hospital and Huawei Thailand have partnered on various projects, and in June last year, they launched 5G self-driving vehicles for contactless delivery of medical supplies.

Last December, Huawei and Siriraj Hospital signed a five-year memorandum of understanding to fast-track intelligent operations of Siriraj Hospital with 5G technologies.

Huawei Thailand CEO Abel Deng said: “Huawei has collaborated with Siriraj Hospital to transform it into a world class 5G Smart Hospital, and introduced the Innovation Lab at Srisavarindira Building as part of its 5G infrastructure project for Siriraj Hospital last year.

“This signifies a model for upgrading Thailand’s public health industry in the future and contributes to Siriraj’s transition to becoming a Smart Hospital, in line with Huawei’s mission to Grow in Thailand, Contribute to Thailand.”