5G – Coming Soon to an OR Near You?

July 30, 2019

We’ve all heard of the impending 5G roll out. Soon to be a reality in major cities, it is said to offer vastly increased speed and responsiveness compared to current “4G” cellular capabilities.  A recent Health Data Management article considers the possible implications for healthcare. Rapid transfer of large data files will facilitate remote care, virtually immediate sharing of scans and the ability to perfect remote diagnosis. 

Perioperative applications include the facilitation of remote robotic surgery, improved access to patients in rural locations and facilitating the use of AI to determine treatment plans and proactively identify patients at risk for post-op complications. The large amounts of data required for all of the above are supported by highly reliable and fast 5G networks.