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KT to build health care system on Trans-Siberian Railway

May 22,2018
KT wants to bring health care to the rails.

Korea’s second-largest telecom company will work with the Russian government to build a digital health care system on the Trans-Siberian Railway that can monitor passengers’ health conditions and allow staff to provide them with basic care, the company said Monday. KT expects to complete the project by the end of this year.

The telecom company is also working with Seoul National University Bundang Hospital to establish a remote health care system that would connect five hospitals run by Russian Railways, the national rail operator, with the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow. KT will be responsible for supplying and building the platform, while Bundang Hospital will advise the Russian medical team and train them.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare is leading the Korean projects in Russia. Every year, the ministry selects a few companies with medical-related information and communications technology for projects abroad.

KT won the bid for a second year. Last year, the company built a digital health care platform for 12 hospitals in central Asia, including in Almaty and Aktobe in Kazakhstan.

The Trans-Siberian Railway runs from Vladivostok to Moscow in Russia. A one-way trip lasts seven days, and despite the lengthy journey, trains are currently only equipped with simple diagnostic devices such as blood pressure gauges. That has made it challenging for train staff to check the conditions of passengers with chronic diseases like heart disease, which requires constant heartbeat measurements. Monitoring passengers who are pregnant or have problems with the kidney, liver or gallbladder has also been difficult.

KT’s mobile health diagnosis platform, which the company describes as the “ultimate integration” of cutting-edge information and communications technologies, will make it possible for train staff to diagnose cardiovascular and respiratory disease as well as diabetes and prostate cancer with a minimal amount of urine and blood. The devices to be installed on the train will also include ultrasonic waves that can check for malfunctions in the kidney, liver and gallbladder and can examine the fetus in pregnant women, according to the company.

Since the platform is equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, train staff can use it to communicate with doctors and save the diagnostic data on the patient’s health record. KT said the platform also comes with artificial intelligence to facilitate analyses of X-rays.

Russian Railways is one of the top three rail operators in the world and runs 173 hospitals across Russia.


BY SEO JI-EUN [seo.jieun@joongang.co.kr]