SK Telecom announced on April 28 that it signed an agreement with the Yonsei University Medical Center to build a digital hospital based on 5G telecommunications, artificial intelligence (AI) and latest media technologies.
The two sides agreed to build a 5G network and develop specialized solutions for Yongin Severance Hospital scheduled to open in February 2020 in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province. The hospital will become the first medical institution in Korea based on a 5G main network.
SK Telecom will bring together its 5G, AI, the internet of things (IoT) and media technologies to build the hospital. It will install its AI speaker “Nugu” at each ward of the hospital. Patients with poor mobility will be able to operate beds, lighting devices and TVs using voice commands and call their nursing stations without using smartphones in case of an emergency.
The mobile carrier will also apply augmented reality (AR) navigation solutions based on in-hospital positioning and 3D mapping. Patients and their caregivers will be able to easily locate their labs by following AR signs on their smartphones. Also on the drawing board is a cyber visit system for patients in isolation rooms based on realistic media technology such as hologram.
Security will be greatly enhanced. To prevent the hacking of sensitive medical information, SK Telecom is considering applying a quantum cryptographic telecommunication solution to networks among Severance Hospital, Gangnam Severance Hospital and Yongin Severance Hospital.
Facial recognition technology will improve the convenience of medical treatment. Medical staff members will be able to access major departments without separate authentication procedures thanks to a sophisticated facial recognition access control system. Unlike conventional fingerprint recognition and pass-tagging, the facial recognition access control system will not require touches or contacts so the system will be able to significantly reduce the risk of being infected.