5G to enable operating theatres around the world to connectBarcelona’s Hospital Clínic is presenting ‘Remote Surgery’, a pilot scheme based on 5G technology and enabling medical staff to supervise surgery in any operating theatre in the world in real time, intervening at critical points without needing to be physically present.
One of the main advantages of 5G technology is its capacity to send large volumes of data at high speed, allowing live uninterrupted retransmissions. The use of this new technology in the healthcare sector will enable all necessary units to be synchronized so that global specialists can monitor operations remotely and help the surgeons who are physically carrying out the op if needed.
The project is being developed as part of the 5G Barcelona initiative, promoted by the Mobile World Capital with the collaboration of Barcelona City Council, the Government of Catalonia, the Fundació i2CAT, the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Atos and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) with the goal of turning the city into an open laboratory for citizens to try 5G technologies.
The first trial with a real operation will be conducted during the Mobile World Congress, which is on from 25 to 28 February, connecting two surgical teams located in different parts of the world.