13:30 29 January 2018
A wearable technology that can catch the early signs of cancer is just around the corner, Rajeev Suri, Nokia’s chief executive officer has said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Nokia is investing heavily in health technology, devoting a new research team to the sector. It is also working on another wearable product that scans for information, including lactic acid, cholesterol and glucose levels.
Other medical innovations that will make use of 5G mobile internet may also be in the horizon. Such technologies will allow ambulances to transmit information before they reach the hospital and remote surgery conducted from across the world.
Mr Suri said: 'With these sort of products, you can start to prevent stuff before it occurs and we think through biomarkers you can even figure out cancer several months before it occurs.
'Think about how important that is when every month and every day is important to a cancer patient.'
He added: 'Imagine someone who has had a heart attack on the street and they are picked up by an ambulance with 5G connectivity, hi-definition scanners and cameras.
'You start taking a scan in the ambulance so all of that data is transferred to the surgery before the patient arrives and a diagnosis is already underway.'
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