The impact of 5G on global healthcare

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M2M & IoT

Healthcare is one of the industries that will benefit the most from IoT, M2M and big data technology. With 65% of users logging into their healthcare apps every day, high-speed interconnected devices and sensors are at a watershed moment, promising to revolutionise how we take care of ourselves.

4G LTE, Bluetooth Low Energy, 5G, big data, nanotechnologies and AI... 2020 turns out to be a springboard for enhancing our capacity to monitor our health, as technology becomes exponentially faster, more precise and comprehensive.

From 4G LTE to LTE-CAT M

We’ve already witnessed the advantages of 4G LTE empowering companies to handle large volumes of data collected from smartphones and wearable devices to operate more efficiently, make better predictions and deliver more value to the end user.

With dozens of already existing commercial deployments, LTE-CAT M is set to drive even greater cost efficiency by offering exceptionally low power consumption—extending battery life—and very wide coverage. Compatible with 2G, 3G and 4G networks, it opens the door to swift firmware updates, facilitates the production of chipsets, and secures data privacy and identity confidentiality.

Due to LTE-CAT M’s greater range and coverage, there is no need for extra infrastructure, as it switches seamlessly between mobile connections.

5G connectivity, e-health and m-health

5G takes things to a whole other level. With a lightning speed of more than 1 Gbit/s, networks using 5G will be endowed with a groundbreaking capacity to carry out data-intensive activities related to e-health and mobile health (or m-health).

Information about your blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose levels, sleeping patterns, and much more will be gathered by the billions and transferred at increasingly greater speeds by your smartphone from sensors, monitors, and other wearable devices that are growing in intelligence.

Heavy digital files containing medical imagery and high-quality videos will be capable of instantaneous uploads that can be sent across networks spanning long distances, and then downloaded onto the servers at your clinic or hospital. With long-lasting batteries and high-speed connections, all of your vital health information will be quantified, stored and updated at every instant with unparalleled efficiency.

IoT in healthcare and beyond

AIs are on the rise, which, in tandem with advances in nanotechnology, can supervise your health with greater precision. Machine learning paves the way for more intelligent m-health applications, sensors and devices. An enhanced IoT in healthcare translates into better telemedicine, improving the health of millions of people and saving countless lives.

Imagine an AI that can analyse health data collected from myriad nanomedicines and pharmaceuticals, sensors embedded in ingested pills and serums. Such an AI will identify risks and illnesses, diagnose diseases at their earliest stages to catch them before it’s too late, and then proceed to create tailor-made treatments.

IoT in healthcare operates at lightning speed, giving AIs the power to monitor your nutritional intake and ensure the success of your customised diet and overall health. It tells patients what they have to eat and drink, when, and how much of it. As AIs get to know each patient better, they will respond to the slightest shifts in biochemistry, interpret unusual behaviour, and monitor anything from insulin intakes for diabetics to the progress of smoking cessation programs.

Software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV) running on LTE and 5G, combined with billions of data processed in the cloud, will make it possible to virtualise healthcare, allowing for robot surgeries performed remotely by surgeons in real time. Advanced IoT in healthcare can map out the condition of an individual’s health onto a screen, where it can be visualised all the way down to the finer details of a patient’s cells.

The powerful union of heightened cloud computing, 5G interconnectivity, big data, nanotechnology, and AI will effectively reduce healthcare costs while improving quality. This new combination allows preventing accidents by anticipating them, and ushers in a new era of personalised healthcare at patient and care homes, day clinics, intelligent hospitals and general practicioner surgeries aided by robotics.

POST M2M and IoT solutions

2020 is the year when e-health and IoT in healthcare enter a more advanced paradigm of personalised telemedicine. Organisations in the healthcare field will have to take advantage of the best IoT and M2M solutions in order to upgrade their services and personalise their treatments.

To learn more about how M2M and IoT will be shaped by 5G, download our ebook on the top M2M and IoT trends for 2020 and beyond. You can also consult with a M2M expert from POST by scheduling a call with us today.

The top M2M and IoT trends for 2020 and beyond