5G in Health and Social Care: What Makes 5G Different?

Join this webinar from UK5G and KTN, for a hype-free and non-technical run through of how 5G is, and can be applied across the health and social care sector.

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10.00 - 12.00



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5G, 25% better than 4G, right? No. 5G can be marketed as the next generation of mobile tech but fundamental changes in the way 5G networks are built and work make it an extremely powerful business transformation tool. On one level it’s fibre (gigabyte) connectivity delivered wirelessly, great for the Enhanced Mobile Broadband experience now being rolled out by the Public Networks. Dig deeper and the flexibility it offers putting together data and digital services solves many deployment barriers and enables business models with positive impacts on the bottom line.

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This session is a (mostly) non-technical look at 5G. Where it differs from what’s come before, the capabilities it unlocks, the role of Public and Private Networks.

KTN is a delivery partner for UK5G

UK5G is the national innovation network dedicated to the promotion of research, collaboration and the industrial application of 5G in the UK. Its mission is to ensure that the UK is at the forefront of global 5G development. KTN is a delivery partner for UK5G.

About the series

In 2020, UK Healthcare spend accounted for 12.8% of GDP, £269 billion. The NHS alone employs 1.6 million people, treating millions of patients and supporting further millions of citizens in need of help and guidance. Significant injections of additional Government funding were required to help adapt service delivery models and meet increased demand for services related to the pandemic.

Amid Covid-19, the health and social care sectors have introduced new and innovative ways to operate safely and efficiently—yet new challenges have emerged related to treatment delays, on-going infection risk and increased demand on services such as mental health and wellbeing.

5G has the potential to support innovation in these areas and across the sectorsas a whole: facilitating more efficient and effective ways of working. Globally, developed economies share these challenges while emerging economies continuously face extremely challenging conditions and ongoing shortages of skilled workforce, further enhanced by pandemic fallout. Health and Care service delivery has seen an acceleration towards community services (treatment and management away from hospitals)  meaning increased reliance on data and communication systems both in wireless tech and  wired connectivity formats.

5G has great potential to replace and enhance such connectivity and much more besides. It may prove to be a key platform to underpin the innovation in  adjacent  technologies and in ‘best practice’, which will become necessary to build sustainable health, care (and increasingly wellbeing and preventative) service designs for the future.

This series of events will be of interest to anyone involved in contemporary health and care service design or delivery.



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