Partnership with Verizon to fuel Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub

Woodruff Health Sciences Center | Feb. 24, 2020

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Gana Ahn
Emory University
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Verizon 5G Network
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The Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub (EHIH) announced Monday that it will be powered by Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband service, adding digital speed and connectivity to an ecosystem working to transform the health care industry.

The strategic partnership between Verizon and Emory Healthcare creates the nation’s first 5G health care innovation lab.

EHIH is a health care advancement and commercialization program committed to improving patient care and provider experience.  The addition of Verizon 5G gives researchers the ability to explore solutions such as connected ambulances, robotic-assisted surgery, remote physical therapy and next-generation medical imaging.

 "The health care industry, driven by value-based care and increased consumerization, is set for a paradigm shift that will put a much greater focus on connectivity and access to data," says Scott D. Boden, MD, vice president for Business Innovation for Emory Healthcare. "Across every facet of health care, from care innovation to reimbursement model transformation to decentralization of care, speed to data is critical to the digital evolution of health." 

EHIH leverages the 11TEN Innovation Partners’ "demand driven innovation" approach to solving the most pressing problems facing health care. Verizon will collaborate with Emory Healthcare and its nine Innovation Hub partners including founding partner Sharecare to help spur the development of health care solutions powered by 5G.

The massive bandwidth, super-fast speeds and ultra-low latency of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network combined with mobile edge computing will allow the hub to explore augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) applications for medical training, enable telemedicine and remote patient monitoring, and provide point of care diagnostic and imaging systems from the ambulance to the ER.

 "The potential of Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband combined with mobile edge computing to transform health care is limitless," says Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business Group.  "Which is why Verizon’s partnering with Emory to explore the 5G future of patient care. With 5G, doctors should be able to do things like create holographic 3D anatomical renderings that can be studied from every angle and even projected onto the body in the OR to help guide surgery."

This engagement is part of Verizon’s broader strategy to partner with customers, startups, universities and large enterprise to explore how 5G will disrupt and transform nearly every industry. Verizon operates five 5G Labs in the U.S. and one 5G Lab in London that specialize in developing 5G uses cases in industries ranging from health care to public safety and entertainment. While this is the first 5G lab Verizon has set up on-premise for a customer, it will be part of an ongoing initiative.

In addition to providing EHIH with 5G, Verizon will offer network and security services, project management, professional consulting services and managed infrastructure and sit on the Emory Hub Executive Advisory Board.

The ribbon cutting for the new 5G health care innovation lab takes place Friday, Feb. 28th from 9:45a-12p ET at One Glenlake Parkway, NE, Atlanta, GA. If you’re interested in attending and speaking to Verizon and Emory executives on site please contact the Verizon media contact.

Learn more about Verizon 5G technology here.


About Emory Healthcare

Emory Healthcare, with more than 24,000 employees and 11 hospitals, is the most comprehensive academic health system in Georgia, with $4.4 billion in annual net revenue. System-wide, it has 2,691 licensed patient beds, more than 2,800 physicians practicing in more than 70 specialties, serving metro Atlanta with 250 locations. It is the only health system in Georgia with three Magnet-designated hospitals for nursing excellence: Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory University Hospital and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. Emory Healthcare's mission is to improve the health of individuals and communities at home and throughout the world. For more information, visit emoryhealthcare.org.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is celebrating its 20th year as one of the world’s leading providers of communications, information and entertainment products and services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $130.9 billion in 2018.  The company offers voice, data and video services and solutions on its award winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.   

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