AT&T And U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Will Pilot Healthcare Innovations With AT&T 5G And Multi-Access Edge Computing
OAKTON, Va., Feb. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --
What's the news? AT&T* has delivered AT&T 5G capabilities across the entirety of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle in a public-private partnership with the VA. VA expects to pilot a variety of healthcare use cases with our 5G and multi-access edge computing (MEC ) technologies to explore how they can improve healthcare delivery to the approximately 9 million Veterans who use VA healthcare services each year.
Why is this important? This is an industry-first deployment of 5G and MEC capabilities across the entirety of a VA health care and training facility. Multi-access edge computing is essentially a computer and cellular network architecture that brings real-time, high-bandwidth, low-latency access to latency dependent mobile applications. 5G and MEC "holds the potential to be transformational by enabling new healthcare delivery and business models" according to Gartner1. Among the healthcare-focused use cases that could be piloted are:
What is the status of the technology implementation?
We have completed installation of a 5G Distributed Antenna System (DAS) for use with Sub6 GHz spectrum and other components needed to enable 5G. This 5G coverage extends to the recently opened Mental Health & Research building. We expect to deploy MEC and 5G millimeter wave spectrum and technologies in 2021, which will significantly boost speeds while improving latency.
Daniel Mesimer, irector, WAN/LAN Infrastructure Engineering & Provisioning Solution Delivery, Office of Information and Technology, IT Operations and Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Chris Smith, Vice President – Civilian and Shared Services, AT&T Public Sector and FirstNet
1 – Gartner. Market Trends: 5G for Healthcare. May 29, 2020.
The VA Puget Sound Health Care System is a leader in teaching, research and patient care while earning prestigious recognition as part of the largest health care network in the country. It serves the health care needs of more than 112,000 Veterans living in 14 counties around the Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest.
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