Post Covid-19, the biggest bet for the revival of the industry is on 5G proliferation across the world. It is widely expected that 5G’s Enhanced Mobile broadband (eMBB) with speeds as high as 20X of 4G speed, Ultra-reliable and Low Latency Communication ( URLLC), and massive Machine type connectivity (mMTC) will transform the world. One of the most important use cases for 5G is its use in the Medical field, covering diverse applications like remote Surgery, remote patient monitoring, etc with immense business potential. For example, the Telemedicine market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16.5% from 2017 to 2023, parallel with the emergence and roll-out of 5G. Faststream Technologies’s Super Edge Medical SoC helps research management and conduct clinical research through its purpose-built software.
The healthcare industry itself has technologically got transformed over the years and now generates massive amounts of data each day. A single patient can generate hundreds of gigabytes of data each day, from patient medical records to the large image files generated by MRI, CAT, or PET scans. For example, depending on detector area and pixel size, digital mammograms may have an image matrix of up to 4,800 × 6,000 pixels with a file size of more than 50 MBytes. In parallel, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) are transforming completely the medical diagnostic field. Medical imaging is poised to be used heavily in the early diagnosis, detection, and treatment of diseases. For example, early detection of pancreatic cancer is challenging because cancer-specific symptoms occur only at an advanced stage, and a reliable screening tool to identify high-risk patients is lacking. Researchers are trying to find a solution by developing an artificial neural network (ANN), training it, and testing it with existing health data. We are certainly seeing the emergence of AI-assisted workflows in the health industry heavily relying on Medical Imaging and AI.
The Super Edge Medical SoC (SEMC) being designed by Faststream Technologies, India is to cater to this specific requirement of the Healthcare industry. OEMs and System Designers will be able to leverage this fully integrated Edge SoC to create solutions that are not possible today. One of the major differentiators for this SoC solution is that it can operate with full 5G connectivity and if needed, it can operate in full-fledged Edge Mode with Edge Computing, Edge Inference, Edge Storage, and even private Edge Cloud.
Remote Surgery Use Model envisaged being used with Super Edge Medical SoC:
5G makes this possible by cutting latency to almost instantaneous, 2 ms between devices, allowing surgeons to conduct procedures from thousands of miles away as if they were right next to the patient. All medical records of the patient are stored in the local Edge Cloud of the Surgeon in 16TB storage provided by SSDs. They are retrieved instantly by PCIe Gen 4 connectivity of SSDs and displayed on a large 98-inch screen. Real-time data of all the medical procedure monitoring devices at the patient’s end are displayed on UHD 98-inch monitors of the surgeon.
In the future, Mixed Reality (MR) and Robotics surgery will also be feasible through the same platform with the entire procedure to be done by the remote surgeon only.
During medical procedures, the high-resolution medical images obtained can be fed to the already trained Machine Learning models stored in Edge Cloud, and inference is drawn quickly using powerful ETHOS.
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