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GE Healthcare opens 5G lab in India

GE Healthcare said that the 5G lab will serve as a testbed to develop future-ready products and solutions


GE Healthcare announced the inauguration of its 5G Innovation Lab in Bengaluru, India, the company said in a statement.

Located at the John F. Welch Technology Centre (JFWTC), GE Healthcare’s largest R&D center outside of the U.S., the lab will serve as a testbed to develop future-ready products and solutions.

The company said that the new facility features a private 5G network for testing and development and also provides expertise as well as a platform for a collaborative ecosystem for academia, the healthcare industry, and startups, facilitating exploration and enabling validation and qualification of 5G-enabled Precision Healthcare use cases.

GE Healthcare noted that 5G technology could act as a key catalyst for transforming the patient experience by enabling rapid collection and transmission of large data files and real-time, high-definition video, which can support quicker analytical insights and streamline clinical decision-making.

“The healthcare industry, driven by value-based patient care, is at a turning point that will put a greater emphasis on connectivity and accessibility. As the world is transforming digitally, it’s important for us to ensure we don’t miss out on lifesaving, critical information. India is an important market for us globally and it is indeed the right time to venture into 5G, which will open a realm of exciting opportunities, driving the next wave of growth in Healthcare,” said Jan Makela, president and CEO for imaging at GE Healthcare.

The company also said that the new 5G lab will serve as a conduit for the interplay of technologies like AI/ML, IoT, big data, edge computing and cybersecurity.

“At our 5G Innovation Lab, our lead scientists and technologists will research and develop solutions for the most pressing healthcare issues, for India and the world. This lab will play a pivotal role in helping us build an ecosystem to explore 5G-enabled use cases and leapfrog into the next generation of MedTech,” added Girish Raghavan, VP of engineering at GE Healthcare.

The health company also highlighted that researching the use cases of 5G connectivity is critical to exploring its potential to provide quality healthcare to rural and suburban regions in India and across the world. High-speed connectivity will help connect smaller clinics to larger specialty hospitals or radiology centers, which is especially important as care is becoming more distributed, GE Healthcare said.

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