Healthcare industry set to see change with 5G implementation

Healthcare industry set to see change with 5G implementation

The implementation of 5G in healthcare can, and will, revolutionise the industry in the country when it is implemented.

Preetha Nadarajah, Nokia head of E2E solutioning sales, Southeast Asia, said 5G will be able to address challenges and fill the gaps where it is critically needed.

“One important challenge that can be mitigated is the distribution of medicine in rural areas. Imagine not needing to travel to the bigger cities just to collect medication that is needed for patients, but instead have it delivered into lock boxes which are integrated.

“These lock boxes will be set up with a temperature control feature to monitor the medication inside. This is what 5G will be capable of,” she said at the 5G TECH 2021 conference today.

Preetha said data centres at the edge of the network will need to be increased, and this could be enhanced by site providers.

“These could be start-ups or scale-ups, so it becomes a win-win situation not only for the patients, but in terms of employability as well.

“We expect 5G to fill gaps and introduce new players who will take on these roles while spurring the market onward. It will soon become the norm for every industry to capitalise on this network,” she said.

In terms of cost, Preetha said, based on consumption and demand, the cost of 5G will increase slowly.

“5G will enable commercial aspects where competitive countries will make available surface models for players to get into. This is so they can take bite size approaches towards 5G.

“It is better to start off small than use an outright capital expenditure (capex) model where the industry purchases 5G equipment and can’t make use of it,” she said.

She said the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the traction in telemedicine, and with 5G, nations can expect a more connected, intelligent and efficient form of communication and digitalisation. - FMT