How 5G technology will reshape the landscape of the medical industry

2019 is called the first year of 5G. 5G is not only an extension of 4G, but also a converged network in the true sense. Technological innovations continue to promote medical development. So far, Shanghai, including medical institutions such as the No. 1 Hospital, Yueyang Hospital, and the Tenth Hospital, has launched 5G medical technology exploration. How will the 5G technology that empowers the leapfrog development of the industry “reshape” the future medical ecosystem and subvert the current diagnosis pattern?

What are the advantages of 5G healthcare? Jiang Zhijiang, Manager of Shanghai Mobile Solutions Center, brought the answer: 5G has a bandwidth of 100 times that of 4G technology, and has low latency. It can send and receive signaling quickly. It also has high reliability and multiple connectivity, which can be used for a large number of facilities and equipment at the same time. networking.

5G breaks through the barriers of insufficient bandwidth of the existing 4G technology. In the medical scene, this means convenience and efficiency. A staff member of the Information Department of a city hospital told reporters that taking prehospital first aid as an example, 4 minutes is the “golden time” for prehospital first aid for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases such as myocardial infarction. If the disease exceeds 8 minutes, the heart and brain will be irreversible. damage. In the race against death every second, 5G technology that reaches millisecond speeds is undoubtedly a big help.

  

The real-time scenario application of remote consultation is also worth looking forward to. Lu Jinjun, general manager of China Telecom Shanghai Ideal Information Industry (Group) Co., Ltd., said that 5G has three characteristics: high bandwidth and low latency, high-density broadband coverage, and large-capacity connections. High bandwidth and low latency have realized many real-time scenarios that 4G cannot achieve.

“Cross-temporal consultations. In the future, 5G will be more convenient than the existing 4G technology. Only a mobile phone or a computer can achieve the same quality as a face-to-face consultation. The existing lagging, different audio and video and other drawbacks that affect the call experience, It will not be there anymore.” Mei Guojiang, deputy director of Yueyang Hospital, described the simulation scenario of remote consultation. At the beginning of this year, the world’s first 5G remote surgery test was successfully carried out in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army General Hospital (301 Hospital). Experts exclaimed, “Based on the control of 5G network and high-definition video, it has reached a consistent experience of optical fiber dedicated line!”

“There is still a lot of imagination for 5G medical care. Through 5G to connect all professional equipment, small and medium-sized hospitals, community health service centers, etc., with the coverage of 5G, data will be transferred to the cloud center, etc., which can truly achieve homogeneous diagnosis and treatment, and solve existing problems. Unbalanced medical resources.” Lu Jinjun said. Experts predict that 5G transmission will surpass the propagation speed of optical fiber, replace the transmission medium connected by cables, break the boundaries of space, and bring broader applications and research to robots, etc., and provide guidance to primary medical institutions and high-quality medical resources. Sink further.

Jiang Zhijiang revealed that in the next step, the technology provider will continue to cooperate with the city’s first hospital to form future demonstration and training samples of famous doctors through cloud computing, cloud storage, etc., so that medical students and junior doctors can observe and imitate. , Improve one’s own level as soon as possible. Yueyang Hospital’s 5G-based overall medical solutions have also taken shape: provide applications such as 5G medical robots, build a “exclusive cloud + private cloud” hybrid cloud platform, and provide exclusive medical cloud services with mature performance and rich products.

The application of 5G technology in the medical field should follow the scientific and prudent exploration based on current network technology and medical science. Lu Jinjun finally suggested that 5G itself is a communication capability, and it is only a technical support for medical care. In the future, artificial intelligence will be superimposed and it will be possible to realize intelligent film reading and intelligent consultation. Including artificial intelligence, 5G technology and other medical applications, it is also necessary to formulate relevant laws and regulations from the national policy level to continuously improve the technology and keep up with the policies in time to maximize the improvement of the existing medical landscape.

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