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How Are Healthcare Organizations Approaching 5G?

June 7, 2024
Contributed by: Sarah Richardson
Houston Methodist is set to enhance data latency and transmission speeds with the launch of its new hospital in April 2025, partnering with AT&T and Verizon to implement 5G technology, according to CTO Jim Francis. The health system will integrate public and private 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and the Citizens Broadband Radio Service band to ensure comprehensive connectivity across its 104-acre campus that includes recreational amenities. A distributed antenna system will amplify wireless signals, ensuring seamless communication for both in-hospital care and critical remote situations, such as emergency highway incidents. This connectivity aims to transform healthcare delivery by enabling flexible, real-time access to essential medical data. Similarly, Baptist Health's Chief Digital and Information Officer, Aaron Miri, discusses the potential of 5G to revolutionize healthcare by providing instantaneous access to information and supporting large file transfers, a capability already realized in Europe and Japan. Although Baptist Health is evaluating its 5G options, Miri highlights the potential for improved patient engagement and data sharing, especially in rural communities lacking broadband access. He emphasizes that 5G could fundamentally change healthcare by enabling more dynamic and timely patient care, affirming that its widespread adoption will significantly enhance medical service delivery.
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