Korea Telecom begins telemedicine pilot in Russia
July 10, 2018
Korea Telecom (KT) has launched a digital pilot project in Russia to enable remote medical diagnosis and treatment among hospitals, in partnership with Russian Railways and Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH).
At the launching ceremony (pictured) of the global pilot project, South Korean mobile operator KT showcased a telemedicine system that connects Central Clinical Hospital One of Russian Railways in Moscow and two regional hospitals in Tula and Yaroslavl, some 200 and 300km away from the capital, respectively.
The telemedicine system should help facilitate collaboration between the central and local hospitals, providing better medical services to patients visiting clinics in provincial areas. Medical staff at the Moscow hospital will be able to offer remote treatment by video, based on the diagnostic data stored and shared in KT's M-Hospital digital healthcare platform.
"This pilot project is a great opportunity to improve medical infrastructure through digital healthcare," said Yun Kyoung-Lim, head of KT's future convergence and global business office. "We will actively expand our digital healthcare business to help patients in medically underserved areas."
The Korean telecoms provider and Russian Railways signed a memorandum of understanding in December 2017 to develop mobile diagnostics for primary care at medical centres in Russian railway stations as well as on trans-Siberian trains. The Russian railway operator is one of the world's three largest rail transportation companies and manages 173 medical facilities across Russia.
KT plans to set up a telemedicine system for Central Clinical Hospital One of Russian Railways and five regional hospitals by July and supply digital healthcare for telemedicine services linking the hospitals and trans-Siberian trains. Seoul National University Hospital's Bundang branch will offer medical consultation and training to the Russian hospital staff.
KT's digital healthcare offering will enable rapid diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases such as angina and myocardial infarction, as well as respiratory diseases, diabetes and prostate cancer, with mobile equipment, including a blood tester, blood sugar checker, mobile ultrasonography and digital stethoscope.
It will also provide ultrasonography to diagnose problems with internal organs such as kidneys, liver and gallbladder, as well as foetal sonography, and basic blood and musculoskeletal system tests. KT also plans to supply artificial intelligence (AI)-based diagnostic imaging for x-ray interpretation to look for signs of lung cancer and other diseases.