Population ageing and out-of-hospital care are increasing and we are living at home for longer. These developments are resulting in a growing demand for care, not to mention the current COVID-19 pandemic. Combined with rising staff shortages, the challenge is to continue to provide care of sufficient quality. This calls for smart technological solutions, with TNO seeing a key role for 5G.
HOW CAN 5G ADVANCE HEALTHCARE?
There are already various application possibilities involving research into how 5G can be used to contribute to the challenges facing healthcare, such as:
- Mobile diagnostic box – To facilitate better and faster on-site emergency care, this portable set of diagnostic equipment is being developed. Thanks to 5G, medical analyses can be exchanged in real time between the doctor or nurse on site and the specialist.
- Home Care – To give home and other care organisations or emergency services access to a home, a door can be unlocked remotely with a smartphone, for example.
- 5G connected ambulance – Thanks to a high-quality video link, ambulance crew can be better supported by a remote specialist who can watch and make decisions.
- 5G drones for medical devices – Medicines, blood bags, AEDs and other medical devices can in future be delivered quickly and efficiently by drones to distant, remote locations.
TNO is working with various parties on the following two promising use cases:
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