IoT, 5G and Remote Surgeries: living in the ‘Nothing is Impossible’ Era

United States. A surgeon enters an operating room. On the medical couch, there is a patient with digestive system problems. On one side of the room, we can see a screen with direct connection to Spain. In the image, a prestigious Catalan doctor. They will operate Sharon together. Thanks to 5G technology, for the first time in the history of medicine, instructions will arrive in real time, that is, without a temporary lag.  

This example is just a sample of what the Internet of Things (IoT) can do in health field. In February, at the most important mobile telephony congress in the world, the test, named ‘Remote Surgeon 5Gwas carried out. Attendees saw a remote surgery live with a never seen before teamwork. Until now, there was a delay in information called latency that could even endanger patient’s lifeFor this reason, this breakthrough means a before and after in the world of medicine. 

Thanks to 5G, surgeons share knowledge instantly, regardless of where they are, and this ends up benefiting patients worldwide. This is what we know as the IoT, because not only people are connected, but other elements, such as the smart devices present in the operating room. Or even in an ambulance: a sanitary assistant can receive instructions from a partner through a screen and save the life of a citizen in cardiorespiratory arrest, for example. 

5G, an unprecedented revolution 

5G has a large bandwidth and therefore, you can share high definition images and great amounts of information. With this technology, a European surgeon can help operate an African professional who maybe has doubts in a certain surgery due to lack of knowledge or experience. In this sense, 5G can make a difference between life and death. That is why it is so important that this technology reaches everyone. 

Robots, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain are going to mean, without a doubt, a revolution in operating rooms and were the three of them some of the fundamental themes approached during the IOT Solutions World Congress days. Catch up on everything that went on, here. 

Pedro Mier

Pedro Mier holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineer ing from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, MBA from ESADE and PADE from IESE. He is currently President of AMETIC (Association of Electronics, Information Technology and Telecommunications Companies of Spain), Shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of TRYO Aerospace & Electronics, Board Member of the Premo Group and Committee of CTTC. member of Space Angels Network and Member of the Sc ientific Advisory