The present document focuses on 5G communication services targeting the critical medical applications and enabling wireless connectivity between those applications and medical devices.
Those communication services are often submitted to (but not limited to) very low latency, high reliability, and high availability requirements and may be operated on a shared network infrastructure that also provides resources to other less demanding communication services.
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Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016: on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) (Text with EEA relevance)
For the purposes of the present document, the terms and definitions given in TR 21.905 and the following apply. A term defined in the present document takes precedence over the definition of the same term, if any, in TR 21.905.
personal data resulting from specific technical processing relating to the physical, physiological or behavioural characteristics of a natural person, which allow or confirm the unique identification of that natural person, such as facial images or dactyloscopic data.
the maximum allowed time offset within a synchronisation domain between the master clock and any individual UE clock.
Clock synchronisation service:
the service to align otherwise independent user-specific UE clocks.
Communication service availability:
percentage value of the amount of time the end-to-end communication service is delivered according to an agreed QoS, divided by the amount of time the system is expected to deliver the end-to-end service according to the specification in a specific area.
Communication service reliability:
ability of the communication service to perform as required for a given time interval, under given conditions.
means the natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data; where the purposes and means of such processing are determined by Union or Member State law, the controller or the specific criteria for its nomination may be provided for by Union or Member State law
an individual, of any nationality and age, who is the subject of the personal data
the time that takes to transfer a given piece of information from a source to a destination, measured at the communication service interface, from the moment it is transmitted by the source to the moment it is successfully received at the destination.
personal data relating to inherited or acquired genetic characteristics of a natural person which give unique information about the physiology or the health of that natural person and which result, in particular, from an analysis of a biological sample from the natural person in question.
Imaging system latency:
the time that takes to generate an image from a source, to apply a certain amount of processing, to transfer it to a destination and then to render the resulting image on a suitable display device, as measured from the moment a specific event happens in the operating field to the moment that very same event is displayed on a screen.
personal data related to the physical or mental health of a natural person, including the provision of health care services, which reveal information about his or her health status.
a network that is intended for non-public use.
information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person; an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identity such as a name, an identification, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person
a dedicated network slice deployment for the sole use by a specific 3rd party.
obtaining, recording, holding, or carrying out any operation on personal data. It includes organisation or alteration; retrieval or use; disclosure and anonymization, blocking or destruction. Most operations in relation to personal data will constitute processing.
a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller
the time that an application consuming a communication service may continue without an anticipated message.
Teleoperation system latency:
the round trip time that takes to generate control commands at a robotic control console, send those commands over a communication service to a target robot, execute the robot's actuators processes accordingly, sample the new robot system status, transmit that status back over the same communication service and render it to the operator through the control console equipment, measured from the moment the operator performs an action to the moment he can sense the result of that same action.
For the purposes of the present document, the abbreviations given in TR 21.905 and the following apply. An abbreviation defined in the present document takes precedence over the definition of the same abbreviation, if any, in TR 21.905.
Body Mass Index
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
Compound Annual Growth Rate
Digital Imaging and COMmunications
Electronic Health Records
Emergency Room Center
End Stage Renal Disease
Gross Domestic Product
General Data Protection Regulation
High Dynamic Range
High Frame Rate
Health Information Patient Accountability Act
Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health
Left Anterior Descending coronary
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Mobile Specialist Practise
Medical Technical Assistant
Robotic Aided Kidney Transplant
Real Time Video
Serial Digital Interface
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The current average spending in the healthcare sector is around 10% of GDP worldwide, with a $7,200 billion market in 2105 according to the World Health Organization . According to Goldman Sachs , $650 billion in savings can be expected by 2025 through a shift in focus from volume-based healthcare to value-based healthcare.
This means that the traditional value chain for the medical device industry, which historically has been driven by innovation and research and development, is currently witnessing a shift in the landscape. As governments and health insurers worldwide implement measures to control costs, public hospitals are operating on tighter budgets, while private facilities are receiving lower reimbursements. In the developed world, decisions that used to be the sole preserve of doctors are now also made by regulators, hospital administrators, and other non-clinicians. This broader set of influencers comes with different objectives, e.g. the prioritization of cost effectiveness or even just costs.
As an example, the US medical device industry has been working on traditional business models based on innovation where physicians have been the target audience willing to pay for products with incremental improvements. The efficacy and safety of the products have been the most important criteria for their commercial success. But lately, the shift to value-based healthcare has led medical devices companies to move to business models based on providing clinical value with cost efficiency.
Technological progress and better infrastructures, in particular high-quality wireless networks, have fed this business model transformation, allowing coordinated therapies, services, and health analytics and enabling efficient outcome measurement solutions. In addition, as depicted in , the healthcare industry has moved from the traditional paper-record keeping method to electronic or e-records that has bolstered the demand for wireless communications.
On this matter, 5G can have an important impact by enabling personalization of healthcare through wirelessly and continuously collecting patient's monitoring data for processing and centralized storage. In fact, this superior monitoring capability means that 5G can substantially improve the effectiveness of preventive care:
As 5G facilitates information collection, information transmission and big data analytics, this is one of the essential ingredients helping healthcare provision to change from a "volume-based" model in which providers of health care are compensated for quantity, not quality, to a "value-based" model in which compensation is linked to the value delivered.
Additionally, improvements in well-being and quality of life, which are not always captured in conventional economic measurements such as the GDP, play a key role in work force productivity.
Also, 5G enables shifting care location from hospitals to homes and others lower cost facilities which mechanically translates into additional savings. Additionally, another example showing that 5G can enable cost savings required by the medical industry can be found inside hospitals where wireless transmission of low latency data streams improves operating room planning, enable streamlining equipment usage and simplifies operating theater implementation.
Healthcare systems dictate the means by which people and institutions pay for and receive health services. Interactions between industry's players, driven by who actually pay for healthcare services through which mechanisms, depends on the model that is used. The picture below shows how telco's can integrate the medical ecosystem in case of the National Health Insurance Model (one of the most widely adopted worldwide):
In this technical report we specifically focus on critical medical applications, which is a generic term covering medical devices and applications involved in the delivery of care for patient's survival. In this context 5G can help healthcare providers that face revenue pressures both to adopt new and more efficient care delivery models and to shift to outpatient services in order to reduce administrative and supply costs.