Verizon has installed 5G in the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub (opens in new tab) (EHIH), making it the first 5G healthcare innovation lab to be set up in the United States.
Whilst Verizon is successfully delivering super-fast 5G, the telco is also considering how next generation networking can open up new 5G use cases beyond the consumer market. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Verizon has entered a strategic partnership with Emory Healthcare. The plan is to test 5G ultra-wideband network use cases that could potentially transform the healthcare industry.
Verizon 5G health lab
EHIH, located in Georgia, is a programme that is committed to improving both patient care and provider experience. In order to achieve this, EHIH is leveraging “demand driven innovation” to solve the most urgent problems the healthcare industry faces.
This is where Verizon 5G comes in with the super-fast speeds and ultra-low latency of its 5G network. The telco hopes to redefine patient care by offering real-time data analytics, giving researchers the ability to explore solutions such as connected ambulances, remote physical therapy and next-generation medical imaging.
AR and VR
EHIH also hopes to test how 5G could enable AR and VR applications for medical training, telemedicine and remote patient monitoring.
"The potential of Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband combined with mobile edge computing to transform healthcare is limitless," said Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business Group. "Which is why Verizon is partnering with Emory to explore the 5G future of patient care. With 5G, doctors should be able to do things like create holographic 3D anatomical renderings that can be studied from every angle and even projected onto the body in the OR to help guide surgery."
"The healthcare industry, driven by value-based care and increased consumerization, is set for a paradigm shift that will put a much greater focus on connectivity and access to data," said Scott D. Boden, MD, Vice President for Business Innovation for Emory Healthcare. "Across every facet of healthcare, from care innovation to reimbursement model transformation to decentralization of care, speed to data is critical to the digital evolution of health".