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July 23, 2018

A 5G Device a Day: The Positive Impact of Wireless on Healthcare .

A 5G Device a Day: The Positive Impact of Wireless on Healthcare

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Anderson Sullivan

From heart monitors to fitness trackers, we see the power of wireless-enabled health devices every day. Today’s wireless technologies can improve health and save lives— while reducing expenses.

5G will supercharge these capabilities, thanks to its faster speeds, increased network capacity and real-time responsiveness.

In a 2017 survey of healthcare executives, 84 percent said that wireless technologies—including 5G—will help generate better patient outcomes.

One way that 5G-enabled devices will do this is by reducing healthcare costs—and some estimates predict up to $305 billion in cost reductions. How? Here are just a few of the ways:

  • Doctors adopting practices like remote patient monitoring
  • Using sensors and robotics to reduce the number of unnecessary doctor visits and bills
  • Creating more treatment options for patients located in rural areas.

5G Healthcare Savings

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Deloitte & CTIA, Wireless Connectivity Fuels Industry Growth and Innovation in Energy, Health, Public Safety, and Transportation at 3 (Jan. 2017), at http://www.ctia.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/deloitte_20170119.pdf.

5G Healthcare Savings

Goldman Sachs estimates that connected devices could create $305 billion in annual health system savings from decreased costs and mortality due to the enhanced ability to monitor and communicate with patients managing chronic illnesses.

Deloitte & CTIA, Wireless Connectivity Fuels Industry Growth and Innovation in Energy, Health, Public Safety, and Transportation at 3 (Jan. 2017), at http://www.ctia.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/deloitte_20170119.pdf.

5G will also help patients by enabling remote surgery. Remote surgery test programs provide a prospective surgeon with real-time visual and tactile feedback similar to what they would receive when performing a procedure in person, a critical feature when milliseconds matter.

To use the technology, a surgeon wears a haptic glove which works in concert with a robotic finger that is set up to operate on the patient. If the robotic finger feels hard tissue, it will send a vibration to the glove. When the wearer of the haptic glove moves their hand, the robotic finger will mimic their motion nearly instantly.

5G will also help doctors and researchers identify new diseases and better predict the likelihood of disease onset thanks to an influx of real-time data that doctors and researchers will be able to study—with their patients’ permission—from health trackers and other wirelessly-enabled devices.

5G’s capabilities will also make virtual reality much more immersive and realistic, providing doctors with enhanced training platforms to practice surgeries and patients with immersive therapy environments.

Thanks to 5G, people across the country will be able to connect to doctors across the globe from their own homes, increasing access to quality care, while lowering costs.

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