Believe it or not, the next wave of connectivity is just around the corner and its ready to take healthcare networks and capabilities by storm. While standardized 5G networks are not expected to be widely deployed across the country until at least 2020, many organizations are prepping their networks for 5G. In fact, 78 percent of executives surveyed said their organizations are involved in 5G pilots and 28 percent are expecting to deploy 5G by next year, according to a recent report by Ericsson.While adoption in healthcare organizations and hospitals is at a much smaller rate, the technology could have wide-sweeping implications for health IT, enabling more than $1 trillion in products and services for the global healthcare sector, according to a report by IHS Markit.The faster connection could propel current trends, serving to provide faster and more reliable connectivity backbone to support the Internet of Medical Things, the transmission of wearable data and even evolving technologies such as remote robotic surgery. Ultimately, 5G could offer the ability to provide more personalized care to patients, a Qualcomm report finds.

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