Shown in photo: Prof. Dr. Prasit Watanapa (centre left), Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, and Mr. Abel Deng (centre right), CEO of Huawei Technologies (Thailand), sign a 5G Powered Smart Hospital Enabled with Cloud and AI MOU, in the presence of Assoc. Prof. Visit Vamvanij (left), Director of Siriraj Hospital and Mr. Max Ma (right), Deputy Managing Director, Huawei Technologies (Thailand)
Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co. Ltd., recently signed the 5G Powered Smart Hospital Enabled with Cloud and AI Memorandum of Understanding with the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, under Mahidol University, to establish a smart platform that will enhance innovative medical services.
Over the next five years, the two parties will leverage state-of-the-art digital technology to increase the efficiency of medical services and operations that will improve the quality of healthcare services.
The MOU signing ceremony was held at Siriraj Medical Research Centre in Bangkok between Mr. Abel Deng, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Thailand) and Prof. Dr. Prasit Watanapa, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University.
This MoU comes in response to the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital’s mission to serve better by becoming a smart centre that will apply integrated digital technologies using 5G infrastructure, artificial intelligence (AI), big data and cloud edge computing, in order to offer enhanced services. These technologies will bring tremendous benefits to specific areas such as patient monitoring, cloud-based AI diagnoses, data collection and analytics, and resource allocation. The advances are also in line with the Hospital’s desire to become the foremost medical hub and a leader in Thailand’s healthcare industry.
Under this five-year agreement, Huawei will provide 5G technology to the Faculty, enabling the immediate upgrade of the existing infrastructure. It will also share knowledge and collaborate with Siriraj researchers and academic staff to enable Siriraj to operate more efficiently. Both parties will work together in other jointly-developed projects that may arise in the course of the MoU.
Siriraj will participate with Huawei for further 5G ecosystem partnership cooperation to promote 5G technology and innovations, in the form of demonstration events and exhibitions. The hospital will also work with Huawei for joint academic sessions, to arrange training classes or technology sharing opportunities, and to study the latest technology topics, including but not limited to, 5G, AI and Cloud.
During the same event, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital received the CommunicAsia Awards 2020, in the “Most Innovative 5G Trial in APAC” category, for its achievement in integrating Huawei’s 5G+Cloud+AI COVID-19 diagnosis solution into the hospital’s operations to enhance the efficiency of coronavirus diagnosis and treatment throughout the pandemic.
“It is an honour for Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital to partner with Huawei for this MoU that will raise the levels and standards of our services and improve operational efficiency. This marks the initial step in establishing Thailand’s first 5G smart state hospital,” said Prof. Dr. Prasit. “I would like to thank Huawei for helping us integrate 5G, Cloud, AI technologies into our medical services. The company has made tremendous efforts to drive development through digital technology.”
“The healthcare sector can benefit immensely from smart innovations and infrastructure during this era of digitalization. We would like to accompany Thailand as it develops a strong, connected healthcare ecosystem in order to increase healthcare penetration in rural and remote communities and improve the quality of life of the people,” Mr. Abel Deng concluded.