Understanding the opportunities for operators in healthcare
Wearable devices, secure online consultations, and remote procedures like robotic surgery will improve resource efficiency and meet consumer demands for greater convenience and freedom of choice. This technological transformation of the healthcare sector offers numerous opportunities for telecom operators to penetrate new value chains and initiate partnerships that benefit the entire ecosystem.
5G will enhance many existing use cases while creating new ones unfulfilled by current technologies, such as remotely performed patient examinations and even operations. What’s also certain is that critical healthcare services require reliable connections. Very low end-to-end latency and ultra-reliable communications will prove essential to the provision of instant communication regarding patients’ conditions – through HD images and access to medical records – and provide accurate feeling and tactile interaction in the case of remote surgical procedures.
We have identified the following emerging technologies as vital to healthcare transformation:
- 5G New Radio interface and access must extend beyond those of previous generations of mobile communication, with massive system capacity, extremely low latency, ultra-high reliability and availability, and very low device energy consumption.
- Federated Network Slicing enables roaming of network slices in other networks to provide global reach for services.
- RAN virtualization and Distributed Cloud ensure very low end-to-end latency. Artificial intelligence and real-time machine learning analytics will become important elements of making the networks self-optimizing to secure the fulfillment of service-level agreements.