36 tech organisations join to help Thailand hospitals battle COVID-19

36 tech organisations join to help Thailand hospitals battle COVID-19
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AI for diagnosis, robotics, telehealth and remote monitoring are among technologies deployed in the field hospitals.

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The Digital Council of Thailand (DCT) is working with 36 global and local tech organisations and the Medical Council of Thailand to provide digital technology for field hospitals treating Covid-19 patients.

Participating firms include Microsoft, Huawei, Oracle, Ericsson and Amazon Web Services, as well as local telecom operators Advanced Info Service, Total Access Communication, True Corp and National Telecom.

A number of startups and associations, ranging from internet and cloud services to software, cable TV and digital content, have also joined the effort.

High-speed communication networks, AI for diagnosis, robotics, telehealth and remote monitoring are among technologies they aim to deploy at the three field hospitals supported by Chulalongkorn University, the Royal Thai Air Force and Thammasat University.

The technologies deployed include smart devices, patient monitoring and recording systems, scheduling and communication systems, information and content sharing systems, environment and facility monitoring systems, as well as digital infrastructure.

"Digital technology can play an immense role in dealing with the third wave of the pandemic," said DCT president Suphachai Chearavanont in a media briefing.

A shortage of hospital beds in Thailand has put a strain on its public health system as a new wave of the pandemic has infected more than 34,000 patients last month.

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