Mass Health Monitoring
West Midlands 5G (WM5G), NHS Arden and GEM CSU, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, Satellite Applications Catapult and CorporateHealth International are exploring how a pill-sized camera, enabled by 5G, could be used to deliver a colon capsule endoscopy (CCE) at home under medical guidance. In addition to real-time transmission of the images captured, 5G will facilitate the use of a ‘virtual assistant’ that can provide answers and guidance to the patient while clinicians can track and monitor the equipment throughout the process. It is anticipated that 5G will enable home testing, reducing waiting times and speeding up the process of identifying irregularities and any subsequent treatment.
He added: “Through the application of 5G technology, it is feasible that patients can swallow the capsule and undertake the whole process in the comfort of their own homes. Many of these procedures could potentially be undertaken each year, easing the burden on the NHS and reducing stress and uncertainty for patients”
The PillCam — licensed in the US — offers similar functionality, with the ability to film the inside of the gut all the way from top to bottom, allowing doctors to visualise parts of the bowel not possible with traditional endoscopies and colonoscopies. AI spots when the pill is at rest and slows down the frame rate, speeding it up again when it's in motion, making sure nothing is missed and extraneous data isn't being gathered. Thousands of images can be captured and AI also identifies the most important ones for the doctor to review. As with the West Midlands 5G trial, patients can be guided remotely and receive diagnoses from their home.