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How 5G will impact Healthcare?

February 17, 2021 - by Parul Saini, Webmedy team

With the introduction of the 5G network in the healthcare industry, more patients are being treated at the same time.

5G is all set to transform the healthcare industry in the post-pandemic world. Many health professionals have highlighted how 5G will support countries to stop the spread of the coronavirus by allowing people to maintain physical and social distancing.

5G opens whole new horizons for telehealth, the technology that lets people virtually available with doctors, communicating in real-time or video conferencing. With the development of new 5G technologies, IT services and applications within the healthcare industry are set to become better connected than ever before - a development that will have notable impacts for both healthcare organizations and patients alike.

5G and Healthcare

5G, the fifth generation of cellular wireless technology, will provide huge connection power and fast speeds that can modify how care is delivered.

Wanna know how 5G is going to benefits Healthcare organizations? Keep on reading

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us a glimpse into how 5G networks can help the healthcare industry better deliver information and care. 5G can be a key connectivity enabler for smarter healthcare scenarios - delivered by a fusion of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), robotics, AI, and the cloud. These solutions produce high volumes of alerts and data that can overwhelm healthcare providers' ability to use them efficiently and divide the noise from the signal.

  • Fast forwarding large imaging files

    MRIs and other image machines are typically huge files and often must be sent to a professional for review. When the network is low on bandwidth, the transportation can take a long time or not send successfully. This means the patient waits even longer for treatment and providers can see fewer patients in the same amount of time. Adding a high-speed 5G network to existing architectures can help instantly and reliably transport data files of medical imagery, which can improve both access to care and the quality of care.

  • Telehealth

    In post-pandemic, world 5G technology will allow remote support of quality healthcare while minimizing patient exposure to in-person visits to clinics or hospitals. For patients who can't easily travel to their doctors, 5G will enable the provider to visit them via natural-feeling telepresence systems. As a result, healthcare services can be provided over a wireless connection for quarantined patients. With the evolution of 5G, it might mean the difference between life and death for many.

  • Cutting-Edge Robotic Tele-Surgery

    The 4G LTE networks deliver 20 seconds to 30 seconds latency. The latency is not enough to help advanced robotic telesurgery. But 5G will facilitate advanced telesurgery or robotic surgery by improving ultra-reliable low latency communication. Reliable networks and ultra-low latency will promote seamless interaction between physicians and robots.

    Surgical robots can be in control seamlessly and effortlessly virtually by doctors. Also, surgical robots can produce a variety of surgeries in a fully-automated clinical setup. Several hospitals and clinics have now performed robotic telesurgery successfully on both animals and humans.

  • AI-Driven Diagnosis

    Many key healthcare functions are beginning to use artificial intelligence (AI) to determine potential diagnoses and decide on the best treatment plan for a specific patient.

    The large amounts of data required for real-time rapid learning need ultra-reliable and high-bandwidth networks. Additionally, providers usually need to obtain data from their mobile devices. By moving to 5G networks, healthcare organizations can use the AI tools they require to give the best care possible ? from wherever they are in the hospital or clinic.

  • Remote and widespread practice

    By adopting IoT devices, healthcare providers can observe patients and collect data that can be used to enhance customized and defensive care. The speed and data capacity of 5G can allow remote care and treatment, fusing tools and devices (e.g., robotics, IoMT) that completely support continuous communication and procedures done in real-time, regardless of the location.

    With 5G technology, which has lower latency and higher capacity, healthcare systems can provide remote monitoring for more patients. Physicians can then be more confident that they will get the data they need in real-time and can give the care their patients need and expect.

  • Outpatient Management

    5G is enhancing the seamless provision of care facilities outside hospitals. In comparison with other connectivity services, 5G allows faster and richer data sharing, as well as more complicated data processing at the edge of the network, at the point of care. This enables VR and wearable sensors to be used for home-based rehabilitation, for example, as well as live chat and real-time transfer of images, videos, and healthcare-related information from clinical-grade devices, providing patients faster and more reliable remote diagnosis and advice.


5G could help transform healthcare, providing network reliability and speed that advance medicines, patients facilities, and healthcare programs in significant ways. But with so many new ideas floating around this topic especially as a pandemic reminds us of how important our healthcare systems can be in the face of natural disasters, we believe that healthcare companies and organizations should determine the soundness of 5G applications and tools.

The overall message is clear. By blending 5G with other leading-edge technologies, we can create an opportunity to transform many aspects of patient care.

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