Healthcare Revolution – The Future & Beyond

December 17, 2021

The new era of Digital Transformation has brought about a tremendous change with continual innovations, and as a result, we see the healthcare sector adopting newer technologies to facilitate improved patient care. With 5G and other advanced technologies in the offing, the healthcare system looks forward to taking a transformative leap towards better and healthier lives of both health professionals and patients. Thanks to 5G, Telemedicine and the overall industry can reap great benefits with ultra-secure and superior connectivity that is built to identify and solve current challenges and make way for newer possibilities.

Front runner Technologies instrumental to the transformation of healthcare:

  • New Radio interface w/access (5G): This must surpass the predecessors of mobile communication, with extensive system capacity, ultra-low latency, high reliability, availability, & nominal device energy consumption.
  • Network Slicing: In order to provide global reach for the services, this enables the roaming of federated network slices in other networks.
  • Radio Access Network Virtualization & Distributed Cloud also ensures extremely low end-to-end latency.

Prime 5G Dimensions for Remote Robotic Surgery

  • Latency
  • Data Rate at Peak
  • User Experienced Data Rate
  • Availability
  • Reliability
  • Security

5G’s Capabilities will impact Healthcare in terms of:

  • Latency
  • Bandwidth
  • Capacity
  • Reliability
  • Mobility
  • Battery Life

Benefits

Swift Transmission of Larger Imaging Files

The existing architecture shall be capable of transporting massive data files of imageries such as MRIs and other image machines, quickly and reliably with the speedy 5G network.

Scope for Expansion of Telemedicine

A study states that due to increasing demands for better healthcare in rural areas, the telemedicine market is expected to grow at the rate of 16.5% between 2017 to 2023.

AR, VR and Spatial Computing Improvisation

A healthcare professional’s ability to deliver innovative, and minimally invasive treatments through Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Spatial Computing can be further enhanced with the 5G technology.

Real-Time Reliable Remote Monitoring

IoT devices enable healthcare providers to monitor patients and gather the required data so it can be used to improve and implement personalized and preventive care.

Artificial Intelligence Implementation

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare determines potential and accurate diagnoses and aids decisions on planning the best treatment for a specific patient.

Implementation of Digital Transformation in Healthcare

Higher costs and complexities of new, advanced technologies

Challenge: Building unique solutions that fully cater to the needs of different healthcare companies is an expensive undertaking.

Solution: Software as a Service (SaaS), wherein vendors will charge monthly/annual fees that can be considered as operational expenses.

Slow-paced Technology Adoption in the Healthcare sector

Challenge: Reports suggest a lack of time for clinics to participate in the implementation and evaluation of the software or learning how to use it.

Solution: Organizations can allocate resources for implementing digital healthcare solutions, through a realistic evaluation of project timeline, end-users, & stakeholders.

Outdated/Old-fashioned Legacy Platforms

Challenge: New software cannot run on legacy infrastructures and doesn’t integrate with outdated systems. As a result, organizations have to undergo complete or partial IT systems upgrades which may be expensive.

Solution: Identifying the essential, core areas that need automation, and assessing the compatibility of organizations’ IT systems to support the new software.

Outdated Data Analysis Systems or Manual data entry

Challenge: Most of the data is stored in either disparate databases and/or in incompatible formats, filled with errors and/or is irretrievable. The healthcare providers fail to take complete advantage of the healthcare software capabilities due to low-quality data.

Solution: Retrieving the data from legacy databases and aggregating it into a consistent data pool, helps those healthcare systems that need to implement data analytics solutions.

Cyber Security/Data Protection

Challenge: Technologies are getting more sophisticated, but Cyber-crimes too, is increasing. New software suggests new methods of security protection for organizations that have legacy-bound security.

Solution: Learning more about modern AI-based systems for healthcare security protection, thereby, bridging the knowledge gap.

HIPAA compliance & overall Public Healthcare policy and regulations

Challenge:  To protect Personal Health Information, the HIPAA law requires healthcare companies to take strong measures. Under HIPAA regulations, companies are restricted from using tools such as Dropbox and Google Sheets, which are available to other businesses on a freemium basis.

Solution: Choosing a HIPAA-compliant software vendor.

With newer technologies that have the potential of unlocking a better, stable and faster functioning, the future of the healthcare sector looks brighter than ever.