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Specification for Hospital Network Construction Based on 5G Technology (MEC) is officially released

[Beijing, China, October 24, 2020] Today, the 5G Health Industry Standards Research Initiation Conference & First Round of China Telemedicine and Internet Medicine Conference were held in Beijing. Under the guidance of the National Health Commission, multiple hospitals, 5G Deterministic Networking Alliance, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, Huawei, United Imaging, and Deepwise jointly released the Specification for Hospital Network Construction Based on 5G Technology (MEC) (hereinafter referred to as MEC Medical Standard), laying a solid foundation for 5G medical application and industry standards formulation.

During the digital transformation of the healthcare industry, the requirements for data transmission within hospitals, local closed-loop services, and low latency are raised. The 5G healthcare private network built based on 5G MEC and slicing technologies has high bandwidth, low latency, service identification, and local traffic distribution capabilities, in addition, it provides computing capabilities for medical applications such as the remote consultation platform, which fully matches industry network requirements and provides powerful support for smart healthcare construction.

In November 2019, under the guidance of the National Health Commission, the medical and communications industries jointly initiated the development of the MEC Medical Standard. After nearly one year of implementation, application verification, and text revision, the standard was officially released today, this lays a solid foundation for future 5G medical application and industry standards development.

As the guiding principle for 5G MEC network construction, MEC Medical Standard specifies that 5G MEC will provide connectivity, computing, and security capabilities for 5G medical application scenarios, and defines the requirements for the functions, performance, security, reliability, maintainability, environment-friendly, and evolution of networks supporting typical medical applications. It also defines the technical configuration indicators for 5G networks in typical medical application scenarios.

The MEC Medical Standard will serve as the input of the "standard requirements for 5G technology application in the healthcare industry" project, and will be used as a reference for selecting 5G pilot hospitals. Cases will be collected for demonstration and promotion. It will effectively drive the scale, quality, and security construction of 5G smart healthcare networks, help the healthcare industry improve disease diagnosis and treatment and enable smart healthcare transformation.