5G technology is set to bring about seismic changes in the world of wireless technology, and India is not far behind. Telecom operators in India have been permitted to conduct non-commercial 5G trials to study the reach of the technology.
One industry that is sure to benefit from this in multiple ways is healthcare. The Covid-19 crisis has thrown the spotlight on the immediate need for better healthcare infrastructure and the importance of telemedicine. 5G technology can play a huge role in fighting the future waves of the pandemic by providing patients remote access to healthcare professionals, easier monitoring of patients in home quarantine and use of connected devices.
In a bid to test the waters, some healthcare players around the world, especially in the USA and UK, are already working with local telecom companies to enhance patient experience, conduct teleconsultations, and engage virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) to reduce pain for chronic patients.
Some prominent experiments from across the world where 5G is being deployed in healthcare are listed below:
- British Telecom is working closely with Britain’s NHS to test the future of connected ambulances.
- Rush University & AT&T in the United States are looking to improve clinical care and patient experience with 5G.
- Emory Healthcare in the United States is leveraging Verizon‘s 5G wideband for multiple scenarios such as training, monitoring, diagnostics and image transfers from ambulance to…