Is 5G Going to Change Healthcare?

HealthTech Magazine

Susan Snedake

There’s been plenty of buzz about 5G — and some confusion.

Companies working to provide (and promote) the fifth generation of cellular service are promising speeds up to 100 times faster than current coverage and latency near real time. These powers suggest big potential for healthcare, but there are many logistical hurdles to address before availability and adoption become widespread in medicine.

Still, change is coming: Telecom carriers are expected to invest more than $275 billion by 2025 to deploy this infrastructure, according to Accenture.

Here’s what clinicians and IT staffs should know as rollouts continue.

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