The discovery of 5G technology has the potential to improve healthcare delivery by increasing speed and capacity while reducing dormancy. Although it is still in the inception it has great potential for healthcare.
Among the possibilities which include transmitting large medical images, supporting remote monitoring tools and facilitating telehealth initiatives as well as enabling complex applications of artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
5G also facilitates the faster downloads and quick communications on mobiles and tablets used in healthcare centers, and it is likely to be a fitting complement to Wi-Fi 6.
Global Storage CIO, Robin Barun at Dell EMC said there is a need for an underlying powerful network that can fasten the speed of connection with the data breadth. She added that the 5G network promises to provide such infrastructure and push decisions and smart devices from the core to the edge, making secure and smarter data and providing greater personalization.
Still, many inquiries and questions remain, that is why healthcare officials must understand the advancing 5G landscape and similar challenges of the transition.
As many organizations launch or expand their telehealth facilities and offerings, the high-quality video provided by 5G could help providers and patients to achieve a clear and quick connection. However, it requires the 5G coverage which 10 to 100 times more fast than a conventional 45 cellular connection. It will be available both in the remote areas and also at the site of healthcare delivery.
5G is also poised to help an expanding network of Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), devices, and other wearables that are used to conduct remote patient monitoring.
Such efforts will allow clinicians for keeping tabs on vital signs, medication and other data from a distant area to personalize care.
The lead global architect, Ron Malenfant at Cisco said that these connected technologies are still largely limited by the power of the network to handle the data. 5G will provide more reliable connections to facilitate fast and secure data transfers as workers need to make quick remotely decisions related to healthcare for more patients.
To that end, 5G will be important for sending clear large medical images. It could also pave the way to operate imaging tools like X-rays and MRIs wirelessly. It can also play a key role in supporting virtual reality tools for training in complex scenarios.
There is excitement about the potential of 5G technology to speed up robotic surgery devices which eliminate the technical lag time and distances between patients and doctors. It is important for clinicians to understand the challenges and misconceptions to leverage the advantages and power of the 5G system.
First, the 4G smartphones are not compatible with the strong 5G. The current coverage is available only in a limited number of areas and not always in the consumer-facing capacity. Moreover, there are many misleading 5G branding. Meanwhile, the healthcare settings will also need to evaluate the infrastructures and their device stables.
There is no more question left to address before 5G becomes a standard component in healthcare settings. So problem-solving and planning must start now.