5G matchmaking event: Smart societies and the health sector

The first 5G matchmaking event of the year takes place on 28 February, at 14-15.30 CET. We focus on smart societies and the health sector through inspiring examples: healthcare in sparsely populated areas, surgery conducted remotely, and cancer screening with the help of 5G technology. There will also be a chance to discuss and share ideas and concerns with other participants.

5G innovation in healthcare

Different sectors and industries are deeply impacted by digital transformation and 5G can be seen as an extraordinary opportunity for innovation in healthcare. AI, IoT, telesurgery, augmented reality, and other innovations have the potential to boost the competitiveness of the sector at a global level as well as address several challenges that the Nordic and Baltic health service providers and policymakers are facing nowadays, namely providing universal, equitable, sustainable healthcare services.

To get inspired, share ideas and promote collaboration, we invite you to participate in Nordregio’s first matchmaking event on 28 February, “5G for Smart societies – discussing the health sector”. The event takes place online (Zoom). In this first event, we will:

• Frame the issue: Share inspirational stories and learnings from the Nordic and Baltic countries, as well as other European countries, on the role of 5G in smart societies, especially focusing on healthcare examples.

• Provide a platform for discussion and foster networking: Promoting the debate on 5G research and innovation in the healthcare industry, multi-actor collaborations, and overcoming the gap in research-to-practice/industry, pathways to build partnerships, and access to funding.

Preliminary agenda, 28 February, at 14-15.30 CET

Welcoming words from the Nordic-Baltic 5G Monitoring Tool project

  • 5G research and innovation. Breast Cancer and Surgical Metaverse, an opportunity to 5G in healthcare: The pioneering use of HoloLens goggles to perform breast cancer surgery remotely.  Surgeon Dr Pedro Gouveia (Champalimaud Foundation)
  • Opportunities and Challenges of 5G in healthcare: Pillcam for automatic detection in the screening of colon cancer, and other Oslo Hospital pilots. Ilangko Balasingham (NTNU and Oslo University Hospital)
  • From research to industry: 5G Innovation Hub North and related 5G-test network. Options for healthcare in sparsely populated areas with Luleå University of Technology, Ericsson, Telia, and TietoEVRY. Annika Svensson (Luleå University of Technology)
  • Funding and collaboration: The 5G for Smart Communities Support Platform, lessons learned. Frederic Pujol (Project Manager of the 5G for Smart Communities Support Platform 5GSC-SP).
  • Discussion: 5G opportunities and challenges for smart societies addressing the health sector in Nordic and Baltic countries. (Depending on the number of participants, this session will take place in breakout rooms.)

In 2023, Nordregio will host five matchmaking events that will offer possibilities for actors to share experiences and build new partnerships focusing on different topics. The aim is to inform key stakeholders about what is going on in the 5G/6G landscape and to facilitate connections between Nordic-Baltic actors to initiate or enhance regional cooperation.

What do the events offer?
• Showcasing what’s happening in the Nordic-Baltic mobile technology landscape, presenting 5G potential and promise in different topics.
• Enabling a platform for discussion: A community for sharing experiences.
• Fostering network creation: Promoting or enhancing cross-national cooperation.