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China has started setting 5G network standards for hospitals, state-run Xinhua reported Wednesday.
The project, which formally began Wednesday, was initiated by industry associations and Beijing’s respected China-Japan Friendship Hospital. It will be “guided” by China’s National Health Commission (NHC), the government organization that drafts the country’s public health policies, Xinhua said.
China’s three telecom carriers and tech giant Huawei are major participants, Xinhua said.
Few details of the project were made available. But the standards will help hospitals in China deploy internet-driven medical and healthcare projects, Xinhua quoted a deputy executive at NHC’s planning department as saying, hinting that the project will first focus on remote diagnosis and related solutions.
Zhang Wenlin, executive at Huawei’s strategy unit, said the standard setting will accelerate digitalization of China’s healthcare sectors. In particular, Zhang said Huawei’s 5G projects, including general remote diagnosis, remote cardiac diagnosis, and training are already available for commercialization, suggesting the company’s experience could contribute to the 5G standard-setting.