5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections than ever before. 5G networks will help provide the infrastructure needed to carry huge amounts of data, allowing for a smarter and more connected world. The ability to combine this technology with robotics has the potential to change the treatment paradigm in healthcare, offering patients quick access to skilled specialists across the globe.
In April 2019, Corindus had the opportunity to test telerobotic simulation procedures over a 5G network using CorPath GRX and developmental remote technology. At roughly 10 miles away, our team, including interventional cardiologist Dr. Ryan Madder (Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI) was able to successfully complete simulated cardiovascular procedures utilizing 5G connectivity. In medical procedures where emergent and timely care is critical, such as heart attack and stroke, robotics and 5G have the potential to work in unison to provide quick and best-in-class care to optimize patient outcomes.
A recent article by Medium, 5G Could Finally Herald the Era of Wireless Surgery, highlights the doors 5G may open for remote treatment. In the article, our very own Chief Operating Officer, Doug Teany, elaborates on the work we’ve completed to bring teletreatment to reality. The quicker patients suffering from cardiovascular disease receive treatment, the more likely they are to make a full recovery and less likely to need long-term care. Though there’s still a lot of work to be done, we remain steadfast in our vision to bring quality and timely care to patients, no matter their location.
In December, we successfully completed the Telerobotic Intervention Study, the first-in-man remote PCI from a 32km distance (~20 miles) in partnership with Dr. Tejas Patel, an internationally acclaimed physician, and the Apex Heart Institute in Ahmedebad, India. These first-in-man cases mark a major milestone, with further potential to advance the capabilities of remote treatment with 5G technology.
The Telerobotic Intervention Study was performed using CorPath GRX and developmental remote technology.