The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on patients, their families, and members of staff as well as sharply accelerated digitisation in the sector. With the ever-increasing demand for services, 5G offers the opportunity for better health outcomes for individuals and more efficient ways of working for the sector.
We have launched a fourth vertical hub on our website, dedicated to those working in the health and social care industry. It explains the benefits of 5G, focusing on use-cases in six clear focus areas: self-care, wellness and prevention; diagnosis and screening; medical treatment; independent living and community support; infrastructure and operations; and logistics.
5G promises to enable a new, more efficient, dispersed and inclusive healthcare system, helping to narrow the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged members of our society. Knowing what 5G can do however is only one part of the puzzle. Our supplier directory will help organisations find the right companies to ensure they achieve their ambitions. What’s more, a dedicated event series will provide the opportunity to hear directly from those who have been there, done that, and learned the lessons that others can benefit from.
Ann Williams—Commissioning and Contracts Manager of Adult Social services at Liverpool City Council—has written an opinion piece highlighting the positives of private networks. Additionally, Peter Marshall, Strategic Marketing Director at Ericsson, explains why we need to create an eco-system based on co-creation. There will also be a chance to hear from Cynthia Bullock, Deputy Challenge Director for the UKRI Healthy Ageing Programme.
We know from speaking to organisations that 5G can seem complex and intimidating; this work is looking to address that. Our work with the health and social care sector aims to increase understanding, generate immediate demand, and facilitate commercial deployments.