For all the attention they've received over the years, wearables have yet to find their rightful place as front-row participants in modern healthcare. 5G, though, has the potential to change that.
Wearables are a key piece of the puzzle in improving patient management efficiency in hospitals. The applications list is almost endless, ranging from detection of patient health-state parameters to supporting mobility in patients, all by facilitating data processing and remote transmission to healthcare providers, even within the walls of a hospital. A primary barrier, though, has been the onslaught of data that these devices generate. With sub-gigabit levels of throughput capacity, 5G can serve as the bridge to a new area of remote care for hospitals around the country.
For example, rural health systems have long struggled with a "technology gap" in processing and analyzing growing amounts of data. These analytics require systems pulling from multiple disparate databases. Wearables only increase this load as well as costs and stress on existing IT infrastructure and staff. 5G can be the stepping stone that equips these already-strained hospitals to better manage throughput and close gaps in their strategic tech goals.