The Liverpool 5G Testbed and techUK have called for action to accelerate the roll out of 5G technology in health and social care.
Building on the experiences of the Liverpool 5G testbed, the partners have published a report that highlights how 5G can benefit the sector, from transforming ways patients to manage their own care, to enabling care professionals to remotely monitor patients.
The partners have also made a series of recommendations to government for the deployment of 5G in health and social care.
Rosemary Kay, project director at Liverpool 5G Testbed said: “The innovative and transformative qualities of 5G can drive much needed changes to health and social care.
“We have created 5G-supported apps and devices that help people with ongoing conditions to live independently at home for longer, without needing a hospital stay. 5G technology is faster, more robust, and supports more data than current options, making it perfect for supporting health devices that people rely on to stay well.”
The report, published this week, urges the uptake of digital health tools to the general public by utilising government data to promote their benefits and reviewing how the personal budgets programme could better support the uptake of personal digital technology.
The report also recommends an exchange between the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department of Health and Social Care to embed knowledge and expertise on the potential of 5G into the newly formed NHSX.
There is also a call for the new NHS England to give the public access to data beyond that held in primary care, and to capitalise on developments in 5G, AI, genomics and blockchain.