AT&T Builds Private 5G Network at Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine

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Healthcare is in a prime position to benefit from 5G and thanks to AT&T, new advancements are coming involving cancer. Artificial intelligence (AI) continues to get better every day and 5G is only accelerating this trend. Using a heatmap powered by AI, the Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC can collect more data for cancer patients and improve the quality of their healthcare.

mmWave is the fastest form of 5G allowing for lightning-fast speeds and the ability to reduce latency to the lowest levels in wireless history. This means that users can perform more complex tasks in real-time. By using AT&T’s mmWave 5G network with multi-access edge computing (MEC), the Ellison Institute will be able to collect and analyze more data points. Doctors are looking to the 5G network as a better way to collect and send data from patients and other devices connected to the network.

Dr. David Agus, the CEO of the Ellison Institute spoke on how the collaboration would help doctors and patients alike saying, “This collaboration is developing programs to use 5G to collect data from patients, healthcare providers, and scientists, as well as using the Internet of Things (IoT) to effectively manage our clinic and labs.”

The goal for Dr. Agus and his colleagues is to collect and keep data within their labs without having to send it to the cloud to be analyzed. AT&T’s private 5G network using MEC will allow doctors a faster method to process their data and keep things safer in the process. Patients will receive a more streamlined healthcare experience that protects their information more efficiently. Healthcare workers for the Ellison Institute will receive devices to send data throughout once the 5G network is in place. “Data is at the core of everything we do at the Ellison Institute, and our work with AT&T enables us to capture and employ that data in meaningful ways that benefit science and our patients,” said Dr. Agus.

Patients will be connected to the 5G network by receiving a digital bracelet when arriving for treatment. Doctors and medical staff will also have connected sensors to be worn which will measure interactions between patients and the staff. Other systems throughout the facilities will allow patients to receive custom music and lighting while visiting for a procedure. AT&T will also be using its low-band 5G network for more typical forms of wireless communication including using smartphones and other devices.

Source: Fierce Wireless