Verizon Business is partnering on Care Everywhere, a platform enabling healthcare professionals to securely access data, collaborate and share resources. Though the partnership currently only serves countries Europe, the Middle East, Asia and other nations outside of North America, it is an example of the opportunities to provide services in the healthcare vertical and the importance of partnerships to those opportunities.
Verizon’s partner is Visionable,which offers a digital healthcare collaboration platform. The goal is to “bring together Verizon’s extensive secure network infrastructure and Visionable’s unique, patented, next-generation digital healthcare collaboration platform, to form a single secure infrastructure that helps enable healthcare professionals to access data, collaborate and share resources,” Verizon said.
In addition to launching Care Everywhere, the companies will launch the Connected Healthcare Center in the UK next year. The center will focus on “co-creation of technology concepts” and showcase new technologies that aim to serve control centers, hospital wards, general practice consultation rooms, care homes and connected ambulances, according to Verizon.
“The challenge facing the healthcare industry is that professionals are often forced to work in silos as a result of strict compliance regulations, patient privacy concerns and technology restrictions – this is about to change,” Scott Lawrence, the Vice President of Verizon Business EMEA, said in a press release. “Technologies such as private 5G, have the potential to shift the landscape around how healthcare is delivered; empowering professionals, sharing intelligence and improving the quality of care they provide. This initiative with Visionable provides a secure single infrastructure on which healthcare providers can collaborate to help diagnose conditions and share medical intelligence, all within a secure and compliant environment.”
This is not the first healthcare partnership into which Verizon has entered. In February 2020, the company said that it would work with Emory Healthcare on the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub (EHIH). The lab was to use Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband in the lab, which would explore medical uses for augmented and virtual reality using 5G. The technology was to be explored for connected ambulances, remote physical therapy and next-generation medical imaging.