IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
6-9 April 2020 Seoul, South Korea
5G and Beyond Technology-enabled Remote Health Systems (5G Remote Health)
The 5G and Beyond Technology-enabled Remote Health Systems (5G Remote Health) workshop is co-organized by Zhengzhou University, China, Federal University of Piauí (UFPI), Brazil, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal, National Telemedicine Center and National Engineering Laboratory for Internet Medical Systems and Applications, China, and the University of Tokyo, Japan.
Description of the workshop
High-quality hospitals and health resources are mostly in big cities. Villages and remote areas are lack of such medical institutions and resources. Rapid siphon effect of big city makes the remote area’s health conditions even worse. Technology development is to make the social process and human life more convenient, but not to distinguish its people according to their living places or any other characters. In order to alleviate the difference, health services with a purpose of providing people of remote areas with high-quality health services, are thus of great significance, such as the 5G and beyond technology-enabled remote health systems (5G remote health). In literature, 5G remote health enables the doctor in big cities to remotely diagnose and treat their patients via reliable high speed and low latency 5G wireless connections. Patients living in remote areas thus can share the high-quality medical resources without actually moving or traveling to big cities. On the other hand, 5G remote health can play an important role for the rescue and relief work while encountering some emergency conditions or disasters. 5G remote health can also improve the service quality of in-hospital tasks, e.g., 5G remote health can relief the frequent ward rounds.
Currently, studies on 5G remote health are still limited, and the existing technologies are still not enough for the implementation of 5G remote health. For instance, according to our test, only about 7ms latency is achieved by the current 5G networks, which is almost non-applicable for some remote health applications with ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) requirements such as remote surgery. Additionally, the health information protection and the secured transmission are also important issues for the 5G remote health. Some legislations and ethics issues from the government are also required. Currently, less attentions or endeavors have been put on these topics.