The proliferation of IoT devices connected by 5G is transforming virtually every industry by connecting businesses, environments, and customers with non-stop streams of information. Perhaps no industry has adopted IoT more aggressively than healthcare, as it streamlines operations, monitors patients, and provides remote care. To combat the pandemic, however, we need even more interconnectedness between health care professionals and their patients. Still, even as we fight the current battle, it is important that the healthcare industry adopts stringent privacy and protection practices for highly confidential and sensitive patient data and services.  
A case for greater interconnectedness
As our NHS heroes face enormous new challenges during the pandemic, IoT and 5G technologies have helped them respond.
As with many other sectors, healthcare is using IoT to streamline daily operations. For example, IoT enables hospitals to better track the state of beds and patients. Not only can it help identify the nearest supporting nurse or physician for a patient, but also alert staff when beds are free for a new patient. By replacing manual paperwork, patients’ waiting time can be cut in half, which improves both effectiveness of treatment and patient dignity.
IoT and 5G also improve the quality of care by giving doctors access to more accurate and complete data. Devices now monitor bodily function, regardless of location, so the doctors can assess the patients’ health, even when not in the office. Whether it’s a change in blood pressure, insulin levels, or oxygenation, a member of staff can be alerted, and contact the patient before they themselves even know something’s changed. Not only do the devices help alert medical staff to health risks, but the constant stream of data enables them to track trends in the patient’s health. Increasingly, at-risk individuals are adding IoT devices to everything from pill bottles to home appliances to furniture

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