What if healthcare could happen closer to its users?
Hospitals and healthcare providers extend their service by offering a way to perform less critical routine tasks, like taking blood samples or doing physical examination of patients. By using digitally manned health stations that function like a delivery service, healthcare is a service being delivered to its users.
5G and FeasibilityWhen dealing with healthcare and highly personal or sensitive data, security is a major concern. With the increased security provided by 5G, patient data and personal details would be kept safer than with WiFi or 4G, and would be harder to get a hold on for potential intruders. Because of the speed and latency potential of 5G, video consultations would also work better, enabling better resolutions and a better conversational experience. This could be particularly useful in situations where the physical presence of a patient could expose the health personnel to contamination or diseases.
︎︎︎Welcome screen. Get an overview of who you are talking to. GP or specialist.
By decentralizing some of the routine tasks, healthcare services could be more accessible, particularly for those that live in remote areas, or suffer limitations on their mobility. The promises of 5G could eventually lead to the implementation of ideas like the robot collecting blood samples, which has been around for some 30 years, and has proven to be more precise than a trained nurse, in addition to limiting contact with needles for both patients and personnel, which could lead to fewer needle related injuries.
︎︎︎Network slicing could prioritise important connections and is one of the characteristics improving the video stream quality.
ReflectionCurrent norwegian government has a policy where they centralize the hospitals. There are many reasons for this, like strengthening the professional environment that the hospitals need to develop further. The arguments for a decentralized service could be to move closer to the users of the services. But what would be the downsides of this transition? In terms of 5G and healthcare, remote surgery is one of the most anticipated use cases, with a few examples of implementation already. Cases like these showcase highly specialized operations with a limited amount of available experts with the right competency, which could be one of the benefits of a remote service offering.
The questions we ask through this artifact involve the future of healthcare, decentralization and remote consultations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our healthcare system has been put to the test. Could we benefit from a healthcare solution that kept human interaction to a minimum?
︎︎︎Mobile health station