The University of Southern California’s Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine said that it will open a new smart facility that incorporates advanced wireless technologies that will be used to further stimulate a multidisciplinary research ecosystem, the Ellison Institute said in a release.
The new building will use 5G, multi-access edge computing (MEC), artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technology solutions from AT&T to power its smart facility for cancer research, treatment and wellness education.
The Ellison Institute said it aims to create a new paradigm in cancer research and treatment. Integrating new technologies with the building will help reimagine the connectivity within healthcare and enhance the patient experience within the clinic, the entity said.
“Cancer touches us all, and our hope at the Ellison Institute is to change the course of this disease by the way we approach it,” said Dr. David Agus, founding director and chief executive officer of the Ellison Institute. “As a cornerstone of the Institute, our collaborative environment and interactive care clinic offer a different healthcare experience for patients, physicians and researchers. AT&T’s collaborative approach to identifying our needs and integrating transformational technologies will enable this multi-level synergistic ecosystem within the building and provide a blueprint available to virtually any institution looking to transform how they share information.”
Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business said: “AT&T Business’s work with the Ellison Institute to bring next generation technologies like 5G and Edge Compute will support their vision of transforming the way cancer is treated. AT&T’s solutions will help bridge the intersections across disciplines to create a truly collaborative environment.”
As part of the connectivity initiative, an easy-to-use wayfinding app allows patients, visitors, and staff to orient themselves with the facility using a 3D map. Appointment alerts are sent, and directional guidance provided – including navigation to parking and additional lab locations located 20 minutes away.
Also, connected sensors will track patient-staff interaction. AT&T also installed a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to allow wall-to-wall coverage inside the Ellison Institute with enough capacity for thousands of users.
AT&T highlighted that the solution being deployed will consist of Distributed Antenna System (DAS), 5G using millimeter wave spectrum, multi-access edge computing and an IoT platform.
Slated to open this winter, the Ellison Institute’s new building located in West Los Angeles will house interdisciplinary cancer research laboratories alongside a cancer treatment and wellness clinic.