Healthcare providers can more effectively care for patients by applying the low latency of 5G and IoT technology into their services and creating new use cases, such as remote surgery.
When providing care to a patient, seconds can matter in delivering quality service or saving lives, and connecting IoT devices with 5G networks has the potential to make that difference.
With the advent of 5G connectivity, opportunities abound for healthcare providers and facilities to deliver critical care on-demand, powered by low latency and edge computing. 5G’s agility, combined with IoT’s interconnectivity, offers promise for the future of healthcare innovation. There are several promising 5G IoT use cases in healthcare such as remote robotic surgery, connected medical devices and ambulances operating on dedicated network slices (see image below).
Connected ambulances deliver lifesaving information to caregivers
When an emergency arises and an ambulance is called, the paramedics on board have little to no information about the patient they are treating, aside from current physical ailments and readings. The addition of 5G connectivity can give paramedics quick access to their patient’s medical records in order to make better-informed treatment decisions on the fly.
Caregivers can use the information from recent X-rays and surgeries, drug allergies and blood work to help provide the appropriate level of service. Medical personnel can share patient medical records in varying formats and sizes, including high-resolution X-rays, scans and diagnostic-grade video and imagery because of 5G networking’s high-speed connection. The connection also underpins the clear video conferencing between caregivers in the ambulance and receiving hospital. Connected ambulances have already become a reality in Barcelona, Spain.