Header image for the current page The 5G connected ambulance – transforming urgent care and easing pressure on the system

The 5G connected ambulance – transforming urgent care and easing pressure on the system

Arden & GEM and the Satellite Applications Catapult presented at the recent Unplanned Care Congress, organised by Convenzis, to share how 5G technology can be used to better connect patients and healthcare professionals.

The event, which took place in London on Wednesday 26 February, brought together more than 200 professionals to join the debate on how the NHS can reduce the rising statistics surrounding emergency and unplanned care, including the latest policy and care models being implemented across the UK.

Arden & GEM and the Satellite Application Catapult delivered a session focused on a project, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which is exploring how 5G-enabled connectivity and communication can reduce unnecessary conveyance to hospital by using ‘connected ambulances’ to improve care, diagnosis and pathway decisions on scene.

Starting with four care pathways, we are creating a ‘Living Lab’ to explore triggers for reconfigured pathways using advanced technology. This fitted-out, connected ambulance provides a ‘live’ testing environment for a range of stakeholders to work together to stimulate, co-create and test new ideas and services, and see live demonstrations of the user-centred design approach to developing connected ambulances of the future.

Understanding current pathways, and drawing on the Living Lab testing environment, will enable us to reconfigure the existing approach to gain the full benefits from new technology, rather than simply replicating what happens now in a digital environment.