How 5G is Improving the Healthcare System

How 5G is Improving the Healthcare System

Enterprise Networking Mag | Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Despite the recent negative propaganda trying to spread fear on 5G deployments as a health concern, 5G can potentially change our well-being through eHealth.

FREMONT, CA: 5G represents an opportunity to transform our current healthcare system into something much more dependable, accessible, and convenient for healthcare professionals and the patients who rely on them.

Here are four ways 5G will help to improve healthcare and health in general.

Telemedicine and Home Healthcare

Canadians are fortunate to have free healthcare, but long wait times are a significant disadvantage. Seeing a doctor or specialist can be a lengthy process, requiring one to schedule appointment weeks or even months in advance.

Telemedicine enables healthcare professionals to assess, diagnose, and treat patients remotely using laptops, cell phones, and other wireless communication devices.

Emergency Response Services

As 5G continues to roll out globally, EMTs receive new equipment and technologies to assist patients in emergency response care.

5G, for example, will soon support body cameras on emergency responders and "5G Ambulances," allowing them to communicate in real-time with specialized doctors. The doctors can then walk EMTs through procedures to transport the patient to the hospital.

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Using Artificial Intelligence

AI and machine learning are currently being used to diagnose patients and recommend the best treatments. Patients benefit from more accurate diagnoses and treatment plans when health specialists' tasks are automated.

Because AI requires large amounts of data for real-time learning, 5 G's high bandwidth and data transfer rates are needed to support AI as a diagnostic and treatment tool.

Sending Large Data Files

Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine files are standard formats medical professionals use to view, store, retrieve, and share medical images. Patient information and images in DICOM files provide specialists with information about a patient's current health.

When bandwidth is limited, transferring these files can take some time, and the file may not be successfully transferred to the specialist.

With 5G's high-speed network, health professionals can avoid failed transfers and send files more quickly. This reduces treatment wait times while increasing the number of patients health professionals can see in a single day.

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