A newly-released Deloitte White Paper entitled: “Combating COVID-19 with 5G: Opportunities to Improve Public Health Systems” has stated that 5G can enhance the effectiveness of prevention and treatment of epidemics.
The 5G can also drive the digital transformation of healthcare systems in response to major public emergencies such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Produced in collaboration with Huawei, the White Paper stated that during the outbreak in China, telecommunications operators collaborated with Huawei to rapidly set up a specific 5G network dedicated to COVID-19 treatment hospitals.
The White Paper analyses examples of COVID-19 control and treatment measures in China and identified challenges that face epidemic management in terms of monitoring, quarantine and treatment.
The White Paper found that the effectiveness of communication and data exchange has been essential in screening for infected individuals and controlling the outbreak.
It stressed the need to build and upgrade public health emergency response mechanisms, through which governments can make right decisions promptly and allocate resources more effectively.
The 5G can also promote collaboration by enabling connectivity, maintaining effective communication among hospitals, and enable medical data and reference sharing between hospitals and scientific research institutions, especially “in the rapid increases in data volume and mounting demand for remote and HD-video based treatment” scenario.
It stated that the success of 5G applications in the public health domain could also inspire new business models in other sectors.
According to the White Paper, as a result of 5G features such as high-speed connection, high reliability and low latency, the healthcare system has benefited from improved response times, patient monitoring, data collection and analytics, remote collaboration and resource allocation and sets an example for digitalised, data-driven and cloud-based innovative major public emergency response platforms.
– March 27, 2020 @ 16:00 GMT