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How 5G Wireless (and Concomitant Technologies) Will Revolutionize Healthcare?

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad 44000, Pakistan
Department of Electrical Engineering, Information Technology University (ITU), Punjab, Lahore 54000, Pakistan
Nokia Networks, FI-00045 Helsinki, Finland
School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
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Future Internet 2017, 9(4), 93;
Received: 5 October 2017 / Revised: 1 December 2017 / Accepted: 4 December 2017 / Published: 11 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Communications and Computing for Sustainable Development Goals)
The need to have equitable access to quality healthcare is enshrined in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which defines the developmental agenda of the UN for the next 15 years. In particular, the third SDG focuses on the need to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”. In this paper, we build the case that 5G wireless technology, along with concomitant emerging technologies (such as IoT, big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning), will transform global healthcare systems in the near future. Our optimism around 5G-enabled healthcare stems from a confluence of significant technical pushes that are already at play: apart from the availability of high-throughput low-latency wireless connectivity, other significant factors include the democratization of computing through cloud computing; the democratization of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing (e.g., IBM Watson); and the commoditization of data through crowdsourcing and digital exhaust. These technologies together can finally crack a dysfunctional healthcare system that has largely been impervious to technological innovations. We highlight the persistent deficiencies of the current healthcare system and then demonstrate how the 5G-enabled healthcare revolution can fix these deficiencies. We also highlight open technical research challenges, and potential pitfalls, that may hinder the development of such a 5G-enabled health revolution. View Full-Text
Keywords: healthcare; 5G; Internet of Things; big data analytics; artificial intelligence and machine learning healthcare; 5G; Internet of Things; big data analytics; artificial intelligence and machine learning
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Latif, S.; Qadir, J.; Farooq, S.; Imran, M.A. How 5G Wireless (and Concomitant Technologies) Will Revolutionize Healthcare? Future Internet 2017, 9, 93.

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