Gleneagles BGS Hospital, Kengeri has announced the launch of South India’s 5G-enabled ambulance service in partnership with Indian GPS-based technology platform Medulance.

This innovative deployment marks a significant milestone in emergency medical response, leveraging cutting-edge technology to provide unparalleled patient care, the duo said in a statement on Friday.

In the initial phase, five 5G-enabled ambulances is covering the immediate neighborhood of the hospital, while the second phase will see an additional five ambulances extending coverage to neighboring districts, further enhancing emergency response capabilities across the region.

The 5G-enabled ambulances are equipped with high-speed connectivity from Reliance Jio, enabling real-time, two-way audio and video communication.

They also feature cameras and smart devices for high-definition footage transmission, along with advanced life support (ALS) systems for critical medical interventions.

These ambulances facilitate real-time streaming of patient health data to distant doctors and transmission of vital signs to emergency room dashboards.

Additionally, they incorporate ambulance location tracking for efficient dispatch and navigation, as well as remote monitoring capabilities allowing doctors to guide paramedics.

It is noted that with faster response times due to real-time data relay and monitoring, the ambulances reduce response times to less than four minutes in corporate settings.

Patients benefit from real-time clinical assessment and immediate medical intervention during transit, along with remote assistance from doctors, enabling treatment during the commute.

They are effective use of the ‘Golden Hour’ and ‘Platinum 10 Minutes’ for critical care, significantly improves survival rates in emergencies like heart attacks and strokes.

Moreover, these ambulances enhance healthcare access in rural and remote areas and facilitate seamless data sharing with hospitals to prepare for incoming patients.

The higher bandwidth and ultra-low latency of the 5G network ensure efficient data transfer, while integration with corporate wellness programs helps reduce healthcare costs and improve employee health outcomes.

“Today, we mark a significant milestone in revolutionizing emergency medical response,

“Our 5G-enabled ambulances, in partnership with Gleneagles BGS Hospital, Kengeri, will set a new standard for patient care,” said Pranav Bajaj, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Medulance.

“With cutting-edge technology, we’re bridging the gap between emergency and treatment, ensuring timely and informed care,

“This innovation is a testament to our commitment to saving lives and shaping the future of healthcare,” he added.

Ravjot Singh Arora, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Medulance, said with this innovation, the firm is empowering paramedics, doctors, and patients to connect in real-time, making emergency response more efficient and effective.

“The launch of 5G-enabled ambulances is a dream come true for us,

“We’ve always envisioned a future where technology meets healthcare to save lives,” he added.

Anurag Yadav, Chief Executive Officer of Gleneagles India, said this initiative is a part of our larger strategy to revolutionize emergency medical services across all Gleneagles hospitals, ensuring that the firm provides the highest level of care to its patients.

Biju Nair, Chief Executive Officer, Gleneagles Bengaluru Cluster, said that achieving excellence in emergency care is a cornerstone of the firm’s mission at Gleneagles Bengaluru.

“The introduction of 5G-enabled ambulances is significantly enhancing our ability to provide immediate, high-quality medical intervention, setting a new standard for emergency response in the region,” he added.

According to the statement, this pioneering step reaffirms Gleneagles BGS Hospital’s commitment to integrating advanced technology in healthcare, ensuring better outcomes for patients and setting new benchmarks in emergency medical services.

Medulance is an innovative and first-of-its-kind integrated emergency healthcare service provider in India that offers first-point medical attention.

It also manages medical equipment and other consumables required in the ambulances along with the manpower (drivers and paramedics). 

It stations its ambulances at different locations identified based on emergency data.

The company has secured $3 million in Series A funding, led by Alkemi Growth Capital in 2024.

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