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Compacting Covid-19 with 5G telemedicine

Dr Andreas G Siamarou

All countries have been fighting an “invisible enemy”, Covid-19. You cannot see it when it attacks. Governments should have been deploying all their weapons to eliminate Covid-19, the three most important being Discipline, Healthcare and Technology. Time and front line medical staff are key parameters in this asymmetric war. In Cyprus around 25% of the confirmed positive cases relate to doctors, nurses and paramedics. Telecommunications companies should support systemic public health – remote 5G platforms can increase the efficiency and effectiveness of a consultation although long-distance medical advice requires real-time teleconferencing and imaging, thus fast data and large bandwidth.

5G Telemedicine is a new technology of sending, receiving, communicating and storing information via telecommunications devices. In combination with remote control over distant objects and devices, telemedicine applications are different. Telemedicine is generally a term used to identify one of a variety of services related to medical diagnosis, care and in general remote medical services i.e. transportation of information across short or long distances using wireless signals. Telemedicine therefore follows the rapid development of advanced technology of wireless communications, often motivating development of high-tech systems that meet its own requirements. Most telemedicine applications require fast data transfer, moderate to very high frequency bandwidth and fast routing so that it is possible to manage all types of data such as a real-time video and audio.

Telemedicine has been adopted not only by developing societies but by many large and developed states as the optimal choice for health services with objectives summarised as follows:

  • Improving health care in rural and remote areas
  • Providing physicians with better access to a tertiary consultation
  • Carrying out diagnostic tests remotely
  • Medical care and remote treatment of patients
  • Performing remote surgical operations using 5G telecommunications
  • Using of robotics
  • Keeping electronic records of patients’ medical history for doctors and nurses to have direct access at any time and from anywhere
  • Ability to train and provide distance training in medical staff

5G Smart Monitoring offers a wide range of manuals, drug links and tools for treating infectious diseases and access to medical databases. For example, smart screens can search for and recognise signals indicating the presence of decompression in a patient. Smart ambulances need to carry communication and emergency diagnostic equipment and play a unique role in health systems. In addition to transporting patients safely, they can provide telemedicine, collect information, and send it to a hospital to develop treatment and isolation programmes.

Medical device providers use of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices to remotely monitor vital organs, monitor medications and transmit data to help employees make informed decisions more quickly. 5G and higher technology improves connectivity to mobile devices, uses more speed to increase data capacity, supports more data transmission, and helps health care providers improve health care in real time on the evaluation and improvement of medical systems with the potential of information technology in the field of healthcare.

Extended medical services continue to face limited resources and a growing number of patients. As access to real-time data and the ability to make decisions about human life are crucial for healthcare, this sector will benefit significantly from 5G and modern technologies once fully implemented. Medical professionals share their experience; better communication is more effective and diagnostics faster.

 

Dr Andreas G. Siamarou is an associate lecturer in computer science at CTL Eurocollege, Limassol, Cyprus

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