Extend Access to Medical Care—5G with ultra-low latency will support video-based checkups and AR/VR-assisted surgery, providing increased access to expert-level specialists for patients regardless of their location. Experienced surgeons will be empowered to assist and train other surgeons from hundreds or thousands of miles away. They’ll have the potential to take over if needed with robotic arms—imagine a remote radiologist performing a diagnosis using a haptic glove—connected to secure, high-reliability network slices with zero lag.
Save More Lives—5G-connected ambulances with cloud-based AI have the potential to save lives, especially when fast, informed decisions can mean the difference between life and death. Smart ambulances will enable paramedics to pull up large patient files, video conference with nearby ERs, and deliver specialist-assisted diagnostics such as AR- and haptic-guided ultrasounds, while routing to the hospital with the most available resources, the shortest time to arrival, and the best specialist to treat the patient’s condition.
Retrieve Patient Data on Demand—5G will enable secure, ultra-fast access to large-size patient files, including genomic sequencing, x-rays and other medical imaging files. Doctors will be empowered to easily share patient information with other health providers in real-time for expert consultations and second opinions. Connected ambulances will be able to access patient histories to improve their emergency treatment methods en route to local ERs.
Monitor and Address Conditions 24/7—5G will enable a network of sophisticated sensors located in pillboxes, RF readers, and even carpets to continuously track patient health and surrounding environment in real-time. AI and cloud or edge-based analytics will empower caregivers and medical teams to keep a pulse on activities such as movement, heartbeat, and breathing, recommend proactive health solutions, and alert care teams when necessary, all without the use of invasive cameras. 5G will open up a new era of digital therapeutics that leverage VR/AR/MR to deliver adaptive treatments in the home for mental health, physical therapy and other conditions.