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5G in healthcare: how fast will be the transformation?


The 5G technology, with its low latency, high speed, enhanced high-resolution bandwidth, superior reliability, and less energy consumption, is bound to transform telemedicine and the healthcare industry as a whole. This next-generation wireless networking technology has many far-reaching implications in both preventive and therapeutic care of the patients. Remote monitoring of patients is possible with wearables facilitated by robust sensors coupled to 5G network. Virtual patient consultation; augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)-based simulated surgeries; artificial intelligence (AI)–powered robotic surgeries; real-time maintenance of ambulances and other medical devices; and dynamic huge data repository are some of the other applications of 5G technology in the health sector.

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Dananjayan, S., Raj, G.M. 5G in healthcare: how fast will be the transformation?. Ir J Med Sci 190, 497–501 (2021).

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  • 5G
  • Internet of Medical Things
  • Telehealth
  • Telemedicine
  • Wearable medical devices