South Korea’s leading wireless carrier on Tuesday announced a pilot project in Russia that aims to offer medical diagnoses and treatment even in remote areas of the world’s largest country.
KT Corp. will partner with Seoul National University Bundang Hospital and Russian Railways to connect rural clinics to doctors and hospitals in larger population centers. Centralized medical staff would be able to quickly use diagnostic data from KT’s “m-Hospital” platform to offer remote treatment over a video connection.
The companies showcased a connection between a Moscow hospital and regional hospitals in Tula, located 125 miles away, and Yaroslavl, some 185 miles away, at a launch ceremony last week.
“This pilot project is a great opportunity to improve medical infrastructure through digital healthcare,” Yun Kyoung-Lim, Head of KT’s Future Convergence and Global Business Office, said in a statement. “We will actively expand our digital healthcare business to help patients in medically underserved areas.”
KT originally signed a memorandum of understanding with Russian Railways late last year to develop primary care solutions for clinics at its rail facilities, as well as on trains traversing the Trans-Siberian Railway. Russian Railways, officials noted, manages 173 medical facilities across Russia.
The carrier expects to implement the telemedicine system at Central Clinical Hospital No. 1 of Russian Railways — home to last week’s demonstration — and five other regional hospitals by next month.
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