In a groundbreaking partnership, Mediwave, the digital healthcare arm of Wavenet, has teamed up with 1990 Suwa Seriya, Sri Lanka’s national pre-hospital emergency ambulance service, to introduce an innovative Connected Ambulance. This revolutionary initiative, powered by Mediwave’s cutting-edge Emergency Response Suite, combines Mixed Reality and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to redefine emergency care in Sri Lanka.
Mediwave’s Emergency Response Suite integrates Mixed Reality and AI to automate critical processes, ensuring rapid response times and providing remote specialised care through Microsoft HoloLens. Equipped with advanced communication technology, Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), and Augmented Reality (AR) capabilities, the ambulance allows Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to connect remotely with physicians at the Emergency Command and Control Centre (ECCC), monitor vital signs, and administer specialised care before reaching the hospital, significantly improving outcomes during the critical golden hour.
1990 Suwa Seriya, renowned for its impressive 11 minutes and 38 seconds response time, surpassing benchmarks set by developed nations, now benefits from augmented training for emergency service personnel using AR simulations. The system also features a speech-to-text, AI-powered transcriber developed by Mediwave, digitising Electronic Patient Care Records (ePCR) to eliminate delays in Emergency Treatment Units and minimise human error.
Suren Pinto, CEO of Mediwave, expressed pride in the collaboration, stating, “We take pride in powering Sri Lanka’s sole pre-hospital emergency ambulance service, 1990 Suwa Seriya. With a legacy of success and collaboration with health industry veterans, we are at the intersection of AR and AI. The heartbeat of our pioneering efforts is the first-of-its-kind Emergency Response Suite, seamlessly elevating the efficiency of emergency services.”
During the official launch in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Health Minister Hon. (Dr.) Ramesh Pathirana highlighted the significance, stating, “Our national emergency ambulance service operates a fleet of 322 ambulances. Our commitment extends to expanding this service further with life-enhancing technology to make emergency healthcare accessible.”
This groundbreaking initiative signifies a paradigm shift in pre-hospital emergency management, setting a global precedent for effective emergency response systems. The collaboration between Mediwave and 1990 Suwa Seriya underscores the transformative potential of AI and Mixed Reality in revolutionising emergency healthcare on a global scale. The future of emergency care has arrived in Sri Lanka, powered by innovation and collaboration.