What changes 5G brings to the medical industry?

Some people say that 2G brings us mobile Internet access, 3G brings us mobile social networking, and 4G brings us to live broadcasts and short videos. So what can 5G bring to us?

2020 is a year of large-scale 5G construction, and the arrival of 5G will promote changes in all walks of life. For the medical industry, the distribution of medical resources in various regions of our country is not balanced, and the gradual coverage of 5G networks will break the restrictions between regions so that patients in remote areas can receive timely and effective treatment, improve diagnosis and medical standards, and reduce medical care. Expenses and reduce the time spent on seeing a doctor.

When the medical industry encounters 5G, what application scenarios will be born?

Scenario 1: Remote consultation

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As a supplement to traditional outpatient clinics, remote consultation can transcend time and geographical constraints, and to a certain extent realize the remote deployment of medical resources. In remote areas, medical resources are scarce, difficult cases cannot be effectively diagnosed and treated, and transfer to hospitals will delay the condition. At this time, remote expert consultation can greatly improve the timeliness of diagnosis and treatment.

Remote consultation requires real-time video calls, and more importantly, the need to transmit a large amount of high-definition medical image data. The definition of some medical images reaches 4K level, which requires high network speeds, and 4G networks are not competent. Although the wired network is fast enough, many primary medical institutions cannot afford the cost of a high-speed dedicated line. In some disaster emergency scenarios, wired networks cannot be quickly deployed to temporary hospitals.

In both cases, the 5G network has the characteristics of ultra-large bandwidth, which can meet the network speed requirements of remote consultations and can get rid of the limitations of the wired network or WiFi range, allowing experts to conduct consultations anytime and anywhere. In the front-line treatment of new coronary pneumonia, the diagnosis and treatment of patients raced against time, and the rapid deployment of 5G networks played an important role in remote consultations and became a bridge connecting lives.

Scenario 2: Remote surgery

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For areas with underdeveloped medical conditions, remote surgery allows patients to receive high-level surgical treatment from specialists without being transferred, which undoubtedly brings hope to many patients. Remote experts control the robotic arm and cooperate with the ultra-high-definition medical imaging system to perform surgical treatment on the patient immersively, which requires high-speed and low-latency network support.

5G has ultra-large bandwidth characteristics, and the transmission speed does not lose to the wired network;

Thanks to designs such as shorter transmission intervals and no uplink scheduling, 5G can shorten the air interface delay to 1 millisecond;

The 5G network can also provide users with network slicing services with end-to-end service quality assurance, which can ensure the stability, real-time, and security of operations.

Scenario 3: Remote first aid

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For the scene of emergency patients, the time between getting in the car and entering the hospital is very precious for the emergency patient. However, limited by the medical equipment on the ambulance, the level of emergency personnel, etc., the treatment that can be provided to the patient is relatively limited.

If the monitoring situation in the ambulance can be transmitted back to the hospital in real-time and in high definition, and patient vital signs data can be transmitted to the data center for analysis, real-time accurate sharing of patient information can help hospital doctors implement remote consultation and remote guidance, and proceed in advance Emergency deployment to buy precious time for patients.

In this scenario, wired networks cannot be used, and WiFi has limited coverage and 4G network bandwidth is insufficient. 5G is the best choice.

5G can provide wide-area continuous high-speed network coverage for emergency vehicles. The emergency vehicles will be equipped with high-definition cameras and screens to facilitate video communication between hospital doctors and emergency personnel in the vehicle;

The car will also be equipped with medical examination equipment, which will be connected to the 5G network to transmit the patient’s life information back to the hospital in real-time, realizing the vision of “getting in the car and entering the hospital” for the patient.

Scenario 4: Remote training

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Medical education and training have high requirements for reality, and it is difficult for ordinary remote training to achieve the expected results. In the 5G era, AR/VR’s requirements for ultra-large bandwidth and ultra-low latency of wireless networks will be met. At that time, content applications will be stored in the cloud. With 5G, it can break the limitations of devices and networks on the range of user activities. Therefore, with the help of AR/VR technology, immersive virtual teaching can be realized, which is more immersive than traditional methods.

Scene five: remote monitoring

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The monitoring of patients is also a major pain point in the traditional medical industry. At present, many hospitals generally lack manpower for patient monitoring, and the monitoring requires high professionalism. Remote monitoring is the use of wearable monitoring equipment to monitor the patient’s condition, using a large number of wearable monitoring equipment that can be connected to the 5G network, making full use of the massive connection characteristics of 5G, combining big data, and real-time monitoring and analyzing the patient’s health data, which is an effective solution To solve the problem of insufficient patient guardianship.

In addition, the 5G network can also realize scenarios such as smart diagnosis guidance, mobile healthcare, smart hospital area management, and AI-assisted diagnosis and treatment, effectively improving the level of medical care.

It is foreseeable that with the advent of 5G, not only the medical industry, but all walks of life will usher in changes, and our lifestyle will change with each passing day.



Post time: Nov-04-2021