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Mobile communication technologies have significant potential for enhancing patient care in the eHealth sector. Compared to other domains, eHealth has more critical network requirements due to its mission-critical applications and life-risking scenarios. Deterministic low-latency and high stable throughput are crucial for remote surgeries, smart ambulances, remote proctoring, and telemedicine in disaster relief. Furthermore, security and trustworthiness are of utmost importance when it comes to communicating medical data.
Within this context, Focused project  6G SALUS focuses on the scientific and technological impact of implementing communication and cloud technologies in healthcare. It seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of these technologies across various use cases and application scenarios, leveraging the expertise of healthcare providers and telecommunication researchers.

6G SALUS is part of Spoke 5 – Industrial and Digital Transition Networks

In the first nine months of the program, 6G SALUS first of all consolidated the Work Packages (WP)
  • WP1 a set of clinical use cases for the application of Intelligent Network Platform are defined and analysed.
  • WP2 dentifies the technological components (e.g., AR/VR) supporting the applications (e.g., immersive telepresence) and outline the related requirements.
  • WP3 has the scope to map the requirements demanded to the network infrastructure based on
WP1 and WP2 on the underlying radio, transport, and cloud layer constituting the overall E2E infrastructure. The implementation of the WPs produced the first deliverable of 6G SALUS, D1.1 “Preliminary definition and characterization of UCs and related KPIs” issued in July 2023 which established a preliminary definition and characterization of eHealth use cases (UCs) and their corresponding Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) at a high level. Deliverable D1.2 will represent a significant evolution of D1.1 by offering a more refined and mature "Final definition and characterization of UCs and related KPIs".
Since January 2023, 6G SALUS has been focused on developing a preliminary definition and characterization of use cases within the realm of connected healthcare. This endeavor includes establishing high-level Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to create a robust foundation for significant and demanding scenarios that necessitate cellular connectivity support. The use cases have been categorized into three primary areas:
  1. Remote Patient Monitoring and Consultation
  2. Proctoring and Surgery
  3. Emergency
Each of these areas encompasses specific use cases. For each of these use cases, 6G SALUS has identified and specified the relevant connectivity KPIs. The overarching goal is to provide a comprehensive overview of eHealth use cases and their associated KPIs that can be effectively supported by cellular networks. This information will play a pivotal role in guiding the design and implementation of future eHealth services, ensuring their success and effectiveness.
  • KPI 1 - Scientific Impact - The degree of scientific value and collaboration resulting from the partnership between academic leaders and a world-leading telecommunications company with a highly structured research group investigating 6G cellular technologies. Measurement: A qualitative assessment of the depth and impact of the collaboration, considering the quality of research output, technological advancements, and their potential contributions to the field of connected healtcare. - Expected
  • KPI 2 - Technological Impact - The extent to which the project showcases the practical integration of various IoT, cloud, edge, and computing environments at the architectural and design level, leveraging future-proof cellular technologies for connectivity. Measurement: A quantitative assessment based on the comprehensiveness, effectiveness, and innovation in demonstrating the integration of IoT, cloud, edge, and computing technologies within the project.
  • KPI 3 - Sustainability Impact - The project's ability to contribute to sustainability by addressing use cases that reduce the need for medical staff travel, decrease CO2 emissions, and optimize resource utilization in healthcare networks. Measurement: A qualitative assessment of the project's effectiveness in reducing the environmental impact, enhancing resource efficiency, and promoting sustainable healthcare practices.
  • KPI 4 - Societal Benefits - The project's ability to contribute to achieving "Health for All" goal by expanding primary healthcare coverage, strengthening health systems, reducing costs, enhancing the quality of care, and empowering individuals to take control of their health outcomes, aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 "Good Health and Well-being". Measurement: A quantitative assessment of the project's impact on the key components of "Health for All" and its alignment with the specific targets and indicators outlined in SDG 3.

Collaboration proposals:
For any proposal of collaboration within the project please contact giulio.bottari at ericsson.com