AT&T is making a first-of-its-kind 5G hospital in Chicago

Telecommunications giant AT&T said Tuesday it has inked an agreement with Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center to install 5G technology in the hospital facility.

Installation of the technology will begin this month and be activated in phases throughout 2019.

When the project is completed, Rush will become the first hospital in the United States to be equipped with the cutting-edge communications technology.

Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer at AT&T, said of the agreement: “AT&T believes ultimately 5G’s fast speeds and ultra-low latency will transform all businesses — and Rush is leading the way in healthcare. Imagine a hospital where rooms are intelligently scheduled, patient care is enhanced with artificial intelligence and augmented reality is used in training medical students. It sounds like the future, but it’s not that far off.”

Added Shafiq Rab, chief information officer at Rush Medical Center: “High-speed, low-latency 5G technology will help enable care to be delivered virtually anywhere at any time. The technology will enhance access to care, even from long distances, while also helping to decrease costs and improve efficiency. Imagine sometime in the not-too-distant future, for example, a doctor performing a virtual visit with a patient while downloading an entire MRI scan within seconds.”

The 5G technology going into the Rush University Medical Center will help connect various applications, people devices, robotics and more.

By Lewis Lazare | Chicago Business Journal

Image Credit: Rush University Medical Center 


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