5G is coming. And it’s coming fast.
Right now, carriers are giving deals to help people switch from older platforms. If you’ve been using 4G, you’ll instantly notice speed, coverage, and reliability improvements. That’s reason enough to change.
5G uses different transmitters and radio frequencies. Because it operates at a higher frequency, it has a larger capacity to transport data, which can be as much as 20 times faster than its 4G counterpart. This upgraded network will provide more access to the growing number of devices associated with the internet of things (IoT).
And IoT is growing exponentially. With new wireless tech products reaching the market every day, a more reliable internet connection is imperative to change the way we think about health. While we might take speed and accessibility in an urban environment for granted, rural communities have never been as lucky. No more. Now, every corner of the United States is about to experience what speed can do for connection. And in healthcare, that means improved access to two of the things that 5G will have the most significant impact on: virtual reality and telehealth.
No longer will it be necessary to target patients just a few miles from the office. Digitally facilitated healthcare will allow specialists to move regardless of location, find clients and patients that will best suit their needs.
While the growth is undeniable, the potential for vulnerability increases right along with it.
In a recent survey, nearly one-third of security executives stated medical device security is one of the top security risks currently facing the medical community. Yet most do not have an effective strategy for dealing with those risks.
5G brings its own vulnerabilities. Faster speeds and more reliable coverage mean hackers can find new ways to take advantage of the data. They can track a user's location better than ever before.
Still, it’s hard to ignore the benefits greater speed and access will bring. If you’ve been looking for ways to increase your patient list, or bring new services to your existing clients, having better access to the internet opens up the door to new opportunities.
Just realize that greater potential for positive change means added security risk too. What should you do?
As you invest in new infrastructure, be sure to improve cybersecurity planning too. This isn’t something just for the big guys; all healthcare organizations need to invest in IT moving forward.
Create a comprehensive, tested strategy that addresses risks that 5G brings to the table. It’s the best way to be prepared for the worst-case scenarios.
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