With their need for low network latency, healthcare and maritime are key sectors that can benefit from 5G connectivity. They will, however, also need to prepare for the higher security risks.
Organisations across most verticals have been undergoing digital transformation in recent years and healthcare is no exception. In fact, most healthcare institutions have completed basic digitalisation and now are entering “the deep-water zone”, according to Xia Zun, Huawei Technologies’ president of global public sector.
Technologies such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and cloud computing have emerged and are integrated with medical engineering to drive innovation in healthcare, said Xia, who was speaking to media on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
GSMA anticipates edge computing and IoT technology to drive more 5G opportunities, with 12% of operators already offering private wireless products and services. More are expected to do so as IoT deployments expand this year, according to the industry body.
The global pandemic further accelerated the sector’s digital transformation, Xia said, where some hospitals including those in Singapore had begun exploring and implementing smart healthcare technology. 5G, in particular, played a critical role as it addressed network latency challenges, which was especially important in healthcare, Xia said.
Huawei now is looking to tap such demand and offer services that support the sector’s digital transformation efforts. Specifically, it has identified products around four use cases for healthcare–namely, smart hospital ICT infrastructure, digital pathology, smart ward, and optical medical