A Liverpool-based 5G technology hub has received a further £1.48million to explore how the mobile network can improve health and social care.
Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care already has a number of projects in place following a £3.5million grant last year, including a loneliness gaming and quiz app which connects people with learning disabilities.
The Sensor City programme, made up of 11 organisations from Liverpool’s hospitals, council, universities and technology SMEs, received £0.94million in Government funding and £0.54million from consortium partners, bringing their total funding so far to £4.9million.
The consortium of healthcare providers, researchers and businesses were tasked with looking at how fifth generation mobile technology can improve patient care.
The funding has also contributed to 5G solutions to help people living with long-term conditions like diabetes and epilepsy in Liverpool’s Kensington area.
Rosemary Kay, Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care project director, said the funding increase “gives us more time to explore the benefits of providing affordable 5G technology to people living in digitally deprived communities”.
Jane Davies, Producer at CGA Simulation which developed the loneliness app, added: “Working with people with a learning disability from Kensington Community Learning Centre to develop the app has been a brilliant process.
“We have been able to adapt the colours, font size and choice, language and contrast used in the game to better enable people with different conditions to use the app. It is now far more accessible and useable for this group.”
Other technologies being trialled include:
5G is predicted to play a huge role in the future of healthcare, but the specifics of the technology are yet to be decided on.
Experts have previously warned that poorly regulated 5G could pose “potentially catastrophic cyber threats” amid concerns tech giants like Huawei could pose a security threat.
In the UK several companies are looking into the viability of 5G technology in the healthcare sector, including Internet of Things (IoT) company Pangea Connected who are working with Kingston University in London to develop a new 5G-enabled video streaming service that allows A&E doctors to triage patients before they arrive at hospital.
Technology giant Ericsson has predicted 2020 to be the year 5G will be launched in healthcare.
Sensor City 项目由来自利物浦医院、议会、大学和科技中小企业的11个组织组成，获得了94万英镑的政府资金和54万英镑的财团合作伙伴资金，使它们迄今的资金总额达到490万英镑。
利物浦5G 健康和社会保障项目总监 Rosemary Kay 表示，资金的增加“让我们有更多时间探索为生活在数字贫困社区的人们提供负担得起的5G 技术的好处”。
CGA Simulation 的制作者简•戴维斯( Jane Davies )补充道：“与肯辛顿社区学习中心( Kensington Community Learning Centre )有学习障碍的人合作开发这款应用程序是一个出色的过程。
在英国，几家公司正在研究5G 技术在医疗保健领域的可行性，其中包括物联网公司 Pangei Connected ，该公司正与伦敦金斯顿大学合作开发一种新的5G 视频流媒体服务，使 A & E 医生能够在病人抵达医院之前对病人进行分流。
科技巨头爱立信（ Ericsson ）预测，到2020年，5G 将在医疗领域推出。