AT&T 5G helps reinvent healthcare

As my team and I prepare for the HIMSS Global Health Conference and Expo next week, this year’s theme – Reinvent health — especially resonates with me, because that’s exactly what AT&T 5G is helping healthcare providers do.

5G technology is fundamentally changing patient care in hospitals and medical centers. From telemonitoring that can help prevent falls to remote robotic brain surgery, 5G is helping to move “smart” hospitals – those that use technology to improve the lives of patients and staff – from concept to reality .

The smart hospital powered by 5G

5G promotes the use of smart technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), to help improve patient care, streamline workflows and automate processes. These technologies interconnect to allow hospitals to collect, interpret and respond to the data they collect. In short, they are creating a building with eyes and ears – a smart hospital.

Take the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine for example. The 80,000 square foot smart medical center integrates smart technologies to create a truly connected, immersive and collaborative environment for patients and researchers. The Institute knew that when designing the state-of-the-art smart facility, it would need a state-of-the-art grid to power it. A private, on-premises AT&T 5G network with multiple-access edge computing (MEC) was the answer. The fast data speeds, low latency and high capacity provided by the 5G network, combined with cutting-edge technologies, are helping the Institute rethink connectivity within healthcare and improve the patient experience within of the clinic. For example:

  • Wearable sensors allow the Institute to track the degree of interaction between patients and staff. This data can in turn help the Institute improve the process of care and the patient experience.
  • The smart facility is capable of providing anticipatory, personalized and highly tactile patient care, such as knowing what type of music to play and what lighting to use during a patient’s appointment.
  • The dedicated bandwidth of the private 5G network allows the Institute to wirelessly connect more devices – from IoT equipment and sensors to wearables – without worrying about quality. It also allows the transfer of huge data files, such as 3D tumor imaging.
  • The on-site private 5G network allows the Institute to capture and analyze data faster and more securely and make decisions on the spot.

With data at the heart of everything the Ellison Institute does, 5G technology enables staff to use that data in meaningful ways to benefit science and patients.

5G-enabled smart healthcare

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