Virtual reality for training and pre-surgical planning
- Healthcare organizations will likely use Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) extensively in the near future, both for training medical professionals and for planning surgeries. For training, AR/VR can simulate an impressive array of multi-participant clinical operations and contingencies, supplementing or replacing the use of medical mannequins and live actors. For pre-surgical planning, AR/VR can offer incredibly realistic three-dimensional models of organs – developed from the patient themselves – on which surgeries will be performed. These solutions could be enabled with 5G On-site Private Network, discussed in our previous article.
Real-time medical image analysis
- Care organizations will also likely expand the use of AI as a tool in the processing and analysis of medical images. AI engines could be connected to existing imaging diagnostic tools such as ultrasound and endoscopy, receiving input video from the scope and processing it as the clinician is scanning, letting her/him identify potential areas for closer inspection. This could help clinicians analyze large streams of video data quickly and with incredible consistency and precision. This capability would provide even greater insights with the ability to consider patient history from integration with a care organization’s Electronic Medical Records system. This could also be enabled with 5G On-site Private Network.
Remote assisted surgery
- Remote assisted surgery is another near-future tool likely to be widely used by healthcare organizations. A 5G On-site Private Network could be paired with high-availability wireline connections to connect experts in distant locations in real-time through high-definition cameras and immersive video collaboration tools. These experts could help guide surgical procedures and post-operative care, including with immersive overlay imaging, haptic assistance, and robotics. Using both wireless and wireline connections could provide the network redundancy necessary for reliance on remote experts.
These use cases are all a part of the promise of NaaS, which is the foundation on which they are built and the enabler that helps make them a reality. Every day, it is bringing the dream of truly Connected Healthcare closer to us.
This is the final article in our series, although not the final word on NaaS. We hope that the series has been helpful in shaping your thinking about the central role of the network in the journey to truly Connected Healthcare. We have enjoyed sharing our thoughts with you and we hope you have enjoyed reading them. If you would like to continue the conversation, please reach out: email@example.com. We wish you the best on your journey to Connected Healthcare.
The author, Brett Barganz, is a Solutions Executive, for Connected Healthcare, at Verizon. Brett has expertise in leading public service organizations through their visions of change, especially technology transformation for Network as a Service and Connected Healthcare.