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5G and eHealth

5G is a new network technology and infrastructure that will bring the capacities needed to cope with this increased growth in the use of communication - especially wireless - technologies by humans and by machines.

5G won't just be faster, it will bring new functionalities and applications with high social and economic value.

5G Healthcare – More Than Just Speed

5G healthcare will facilitate an expansion and improve accessibility in data and medical treatments. It’ll give you the opportunity to monitor and care for patients across the globe, in real time at that. Second opinions and images that need to be analyzed will only cost you a few seconds of your time, no matter where your location may be. And just you wait until everyone’s fitness trackers upgrade to 5G; you’ll have vital data at your fingertips. IoT will give physicians access to data that was never available before. It’s a new opportunity to analyze in-depth data of medical conditions and treatments.

Telesurgery made international news in 2001 when the first transatlantic surgical procedure took place between New York City and Strasbourg. This remote surgery experiment required extremely expensive high capacity leased lines. Commands triggered in the US were controlling surgery devices in France, with some small delay. 5G will make this scenario much easier and also mobile. 5G specificities will make the command-response time close to zero and provide the practitioner with great operation comfort and accuracy. In the near-future, a patient who needs an urgent or specific operation could be operated by a practitioner remotely located.

5G will also enable patients to create their own individual care networks, which they will be able to administer easily on their smartphones. In these networks not only individuals will be interlinked but there will also be interaction with sensors and monitoring devices in order to enable formal and informal care providers to monitor patients. Patients will also be able to control access to their data although this data will typically be distributed in a variety of different databases across different organizations and networks. The technology will be able to manage files, such as MRT or CT files, which currently can only be shared via expert systems (Hospital Information Systems).

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