New centre opens dedicated to accelerating connected healthcare

Published: 16-May-2022

Partnership between Verizon Business and Visionable showcases the latest healthcare technologies

Verizon Business and healthcare technology company, Visionable, have opened a technology-led centre dedicated to accelerating the adoption of connected healthcare technologies for patient-centric care.

Supported by Capgemini and Juniper Networks, the centre, based in Kent, offers visitors the opportunity to experience how technology is transforming the healthcare experience and the patient care journey.

It showcases new technologies, such as Verizon’s private 5G and AI-driven secure networking capabilities from Juniper in a healthcare context, demonstrating the benefits of next-generation connectivity and collaboration within various healthcare environments, including command centres, hospital wards, general practices, consultation rooms, care homes and patients’ homes, connected emergency services, and rehabilitation centres.

“In order to accelerate change in how healthcare is delivered, it is crucial that healthcare organisations come together and witness these transformational applications firsthand,” said Scott Lawrence, group vice president of Verizon Business in Europe.

“This centre has been developed to provide a dedicated space for professionals to see connected healthcare in action and, more importantly, work together as a community to build new applications and use cases.

“This collaboration will help revolutionise how healthcare is delivered.”

A dedicated collaboration hub within the space will stimulate the co-creation of technology concepts, enabling partners to work together with the aim of creating innovative future solutions.

“The Connected Healthcare Centre will enable collaboration between healthcare professionals and global technology partners to ideate and co-create new models of care for the future delivery of healthcare services, which we believe will benefit millions of patients worldwide.” said Alan Lowe, chief executive of Visionable.

Demonstration zones will showcase the following:

  • Patient home / care home / virtual ward: Virtual wards that provide a digital end-to-end journey from remote patient monitoring to specialist patient support and patient-led peer-to-peer support
  • Connected emergency services: Wearable technology to communicate with remote clinicians and the use of video, diagnostic, and data feeds to quickly share information with specialist clinicians via a connected device in the responder vehicle
  • General Practice surgery: Use of multi-screen, multi-feed, collaboration platforms in delivering informed collaborative patient/citizen care
  • Hospital ward: The digitalisation of care pathways for faster diagnosis and improved patient outcomes to multidisciplinary team (MDT) collaboration
  • Rehabilitation centre: Enabling virtual group consultations between a care provider and a group of people/patients to support recovery post-discharge

Making connected healthcare a reality

This strategic partnership brings together Verizon’s extensive secure network infrastructure and Visionable’s unique, patented, next-generation digital healthcare collaboration platform to form a single secure infrastructure that helps enable healthcare professionals to access data, collaborate, and share resources.

This engagement is part of Verizon’s broader strategy to partner with enterprises, start-ups, universities, national labs, and government/military organisations to explore how 5G can disrupt and transform nearly every industry.

Verizon is collaborating with several customers to establish 5G Innovation Hubs on-premises as part of an ongoing initiative to co-innovate and create new 5G applications.

Verizon also offers customers a variety of telehealth solutions across the globe. This includes BlueJeans Telehealth, which was purpose built to simplify the virtual join and televisit experience and provides data-driven insights that can offer greater access to care, improve safety, and extend the reach of services available.

By mapping the user experience to clinical team workflows, the BlueJeans Telehealth platform helps replicate the experience of onsite patient interactions, while providing the flexibility of virtual healthcare.

This week’s announcement builds on the company’s network-as-a-service foundation and supports its growing private networks, mobile edge compute and business solutions business.

Richard Haynes, global lead and UK head of health and care at Capgemini, said: “We are very proud to join forces with Verizon and Visionable to address the global need for transformation in healthcare augmented by digital technology and service innovation. We will put the patient and healthcare staff at the centre of our digital service with our secure, scalable, and modular Connected Healthcare delivery model.

“Together, we will engage with healthcare providers to deliver end-to-end services to drive effective clinical connectivity, operational efficiencies, and continuous service innovation”.

Sudheer Matta, group vice president and vice president of products and AI-driven enterprise at Juniper Networks, adds: “Patient, staff, and guest experiences can be completely transformed by the application of actionable data insights drawn from the network and sophisticated location services enabled by intelligent Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, and similar standards-based technologies.

“From accurate wayfinding and resource planning, to the location of key assets and individuals; Juniper uniquely leverages Mist AI to deliver the best personalised healthcare experiences in a scalable and cost-effective manner.”

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