First Ambulance, YTLC introduce 5G ambulance

It enables the new usage of remote telemetry of diagnostics and imaging as well as XR powered telemedicine service


FIRST Ambulance Services Sdn Bhd has collaborated with YTL Communications Sdn Bhd (YTLC) to improve emergency healthcare for Malaysians.

These two parties have introduced the YES 5G Smart Ambulance service which enables the new usage of remote telemetry of diagnostics and imaging as well as extended reality (XR) powered telemedicine service.

According to First Ambulance MD Steven Penafort it is excited to utilise the high bandwidth and low latency 5G connectivity to transit patient health data to improve triage time and the hospital’s readiness to care for the patient upon arrival.

Such features include EKG telemetry and ultrasound images for emergency care doctors.

“Working with YES, the national champion of 5G — we hope that the 5G Smart Ambulance will enable an integrated workflow between ambulances and hospitals for the benefit of the patients. “We look forward to working with hospitals to embrace 5G as the coverage expands nationally,” he said in a statement.

On the other hand, YTLC CEO Wing K Lee believes in the transformational power of 5G and is grateful to support First Ambulance’s emergency care through YES Fleet with 4G.

“The exciting leapfrog to 5G will enable new possibilities such as first-in-Malaysia real-time streaming

of ultrasound and EKG telemetry. “The high performance of 5G also will enable another first-in-Malaysia — implementation of XR to allow the doctors to provide realtime guidance to the technicians in the ambulance,” he added.

These will improve the speed and precision of emergency care and at the same time save lives.

The two parties have also worked together to provide 4G-powered telematics solutions since April 2020. Till then, they have managed to lower maintenance on vehicles and improve their efficiency in driver and dispatch.

The ambulance service can also transmit patient information and diagnostics to the hospital from the ambulance thanks to the in-vehicle WiFi from YES Fleet.

The collaboration between First Ambulance and YTLC is also in line with the Ministry of Health’s vision to improve Malaysia’s overall efficiency and quality of emergency medical services.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar was pleased to see both of them joining hands to raise the country’s ambulance services using 5G technology.

“Harnessing the power of 5G to use the time spent en route to the hospital to enable effective triage using real-time feeds of patient telemetry and medical imaging.

“In addition, 5G-based XR will transform the ways we care for the patients and save lives. I look forward to seeing broader adoption of 5G technology across all sectors in public health, including our hospitals,” he mentioned.