Thailand Developing 5G Powered Health Information System

July 2021

Thailand is developing a 5G-powered intelligent medical information system in cooperation with five organizations including Mahidol University’s Faculty of Engineering, the Medicine and Engineering Faculties of Naresuan University, the Permanent Secretary Office of the Ministry of Public Health, and BPO firm Chanwanich.
This project, called “Thailand Health Data Space (THDS) 5G”, has been promoted under the research and development program of the Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). According to Mahidol University, the new system will improve hospital transmission of information, diagnosis, follow-up, rehabilitation, and emergency treatment.
The project involves the development of a new telemedicine platform called Med Care, which will run on a high-speed digital 5G network. It will offer four services: the Specialist Doctors app, a smartphone-based remote medical consultation system; the People app which provides access to personal health information and medical resources; the Family Doctor Clinic app where health staff can contact patients and enter their data; and the Village Health Volunteer app for surveillance, prevention and disease control, health rehabilitation and consumer protection monitoring.
The THDS 5G project represents the first part of the development of a broader plan designed to integrate bid data solutions in Thailand´s healthcare ecosystems, which is divided into 3 phases:

  1. Phase 1- Development of Big Data Infrastructure, Medical Informatics, and the THDS Sandbox test sample in the target hospital;
  2. Phase 2- Development of a system to be able to link health information with the hospital network to cover the whole country;
  3. Phase 3- Linking health information to services and health tech partner organizations that allow patients access to their health information.

(Sources: Healthcare IT News; BioSpectrum Asia)

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