The fifth generation of mobile networks, 5G, is set to be rolled out in the UK this year and no doubt everyone in every industry around the country is primed to start taking advantage of faster speeds, a more reliable service, reduced response times and increased capacity.
But how could it benefit the healthcare sector in the UK specifically? Because the new networks will provide almost immediate data transfer speeds, any and all connected devices used in the industry will really benefit, since telehealth uses a huge amount of bandwidth.
Any patient monitoring that takes place remotely will be revolutionised and medical image transfer will take place more efficiently and more reliably, so quality of care will increase as a result.
Robotics and artificial intelligence are big news in the healthcare sector at the moment and 5G will have a huge impact here as well, with remote surgery becoming closer to a reality thanks to low latency and improved quality of images.
Using connected devices, healthcare professionals will be able to monitor patients and collect data that can then be used to improve preventative care and make it more personalised. Wearable technology will likely become more prevalent among patients and this will help them engage more effectively with their own health concerns.
Artificial intelligence could also be used effectively to determine diagnoses and come up with appropriate treatment plans for individuals, as well as predicting who is most likely to have complications after an operation. 5G networks will help hospitals and healthcare providers to use artificial intelligence to provide the best possible care from any location.