Robust communication technologies are a bridge to the future of interprofessional care. A fuller realization of the potential of 5G connectivity—in addition to a fuller understanding of the importance of interprofessional collaboration in healthcare—could bring better results and greater efficiencies to healthcare organizations. One solution is private 5G—a type of network that can provide the speed and low latency of 5G with the security layers of a private network.
In the modern healthcare environment, large amounts of data are being transferred at each touch point - between healthcare providers, insurance companies, the patient, their family, the hospital. Seamless, real-time communication will help to increase the value and utility of interprofessional care teams as they become more common and the use of 5G can help to transmit data more efficiently.
In addition to a constant flow of near-instantaneous data, the files and information that are passed back and forth between medical professionals can be incredibly large, dense and challenging to transfer. For example, 3D CT scans can range from 20 to 30 GB in size. Sharing this type of information is critical to achieving seamless interprofessional care. With the low latency and higher capacity it can provide, 5G can help teams overcome the challenges of transferring these massive files.
5G-powered technologies could be used to facilitate communication between doctors, nurses and specialties in use cases such as telemedicine. Telemedicine can help improve patient care as traveling while ill can be difficult and time-consuming. 5G technologies could be used to enable seamless video conferencing between both the doctor and the patient, as well as between multiple doctors and it can help improve remote patient monitoring.
Here's one example of the life-saving potential of 5G connectivity: A patient presents abnormal symptoms during a procedure —one that requires a second opinion. If a specialist isn't available on-site and the patient can't be safely transferred to another location, the patient's life could be at risk.
Health tech company Avesha created a video conferencing solution that uses BlueJeans video collaboration and Samsung Galaxy tablets to consult virtually with medical experts to obtain guidance in near real-time in a situation like the one described above. This solution uses cloud computing allowing Avesha to help bring services closer to where data is being generated and connects over a mobile network to establish a safe and reliable communication platform between medical professionals, which can connect to 5G.