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5G Can Unlock the Full Potential of Health Tech

The faster, the better: Recent research on the potential of 5G in healthcare carried out by Massachusetts-based International Data Corporation confirms that this technology can boost healthcare technology by making it faster, more precise, and more accurate, with clear benefits for patients. The list of technologies boosted by 5G includes remote robo-surgery, tele-treatment, and augmented and virtual reality for the purposes of medical diagnostics and practice.

Regarding robo-surgery, the application of 5G would enable connectivity with extremely low latency – that is, very small delay times – between command and execution. This enables greater precision and accuracy by the surgeon controlling the robot. It also means that, unlike now, the doctor would no longer be required to be physically close to the patient and operate from the same room for safety reasons, but could do so completely remotely. Reinforcing surgical robots with this technology would thus enable them to perform surgery even during crisis situations that prevent doctors from reaching patients in remote locations.

The higher connection speed provided would also normalize tele-treatment as a practice, as it would ensure the enhanced and more stable video streaming quality that doctors require for detailed checkups and identification of symptoms. In addition, 5G-supported telemedicine can easily integrate and store extensive patient data, images, and documentation without compromising connectivity. Thus, tele-treatment would provide greater accuracy in remote medical practices, greater coverage of patients scattered in remote locations, and greater safety even in the event of pandemic outbreaks while ensuring compliance with any social distancing norms.

The increased bandwidth and low latency will also facilitate the latest applications of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in the medical field and help to unleash their full potential. For medical students, the accuracy of VR and AG technologies enabled by 5G would eliminate the need to practice surgery on human corpses.

In addition, 5G-based AG allows diagnostic images to be accurately projected onto the patient, helping the surgeon identify less damaging surgical pathway alternatives. The technology is expected to pave the way for many more improvements in next-generation healthcare technology, as well as in other industries.

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