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5G and eSIM integrated with Healthcare devices
TelnaApr 17, 2024 1:41:07 PM4 min read

Why MNOs Should Harness 5G And eSIM To Boost Healthcare Outcomes

Telna | MNOs, 5G And eSIM To Boost Healthcare Outcomes

The advent of 5G and eSIM technology presents a unique opportunity for mobile network operators (MNOs) to enhance the communication capabilities that are so critical to healthcare.

By harnessing the speed, low latency, and flexibility of 5G, along with the convenience and versatility of eSIM, MNOs can empower healthcare organizations to deliver better outcomes for patients, improve operational efficiency, and unlock new models of care.

In this article, we will explore how MNOs can leverage 5G and eSIM to transform the healthcare industry and drive meaningful improvements in patient care and overall well-being.

Communication Is Critical for Healthcare

Seamless and reliable communication is the backbone of modern healthcare. In an industry where lives are at stake, the ability to quickly and accurately share information, coordinate care, and respond to emergencies can mean the difference between positive and negative patient outcomes.

As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, the importance of robust communication infrastructure has only grown.

Patients today expect real-time access to their medical data, the ability to consult with providers remotely, and rapid response times from emergency services. Meanwhile, healthcare providers rely on secure, high-bandwidth connections to access electronic health records, collaborate with colleagues, and monitor patient vitals.


5G In Healthcare

5G technology is revolutionizing the healthcare industry by enabling various innovative applications and services that can significantly improve patient outcomes and healthcare delivery.

The high-speed, low-latency, and reliable connectivity of 5G facilitates seamless virtual consultations between patients and healthcare providers. Patients can now receive detailed assessments, screenings, and follow-up care through crystal-clear video calls, without the need for in-person visits.

5G also enables remote patient monitoring, allowing healthcare providers to continuously track patient health metrics in real-time, and video-enabled medication adherence, where healthcare professionals can remotely guide patients through their medication routines.


Innovative On-Site Applications

The technology's high bandwidth and low latency support the use of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) for medical training and procedures, providing more realistic simulations for medical trainees.

5G-connected ambulances are another promising application, allowing paramedics to stream high-definition video and vital sign data to hospital staff in real-time.

By overcoming geographical barriers, 5G is helping to improve healthcare accessibility, particularly in underserved rural areas, enabling healthcare providers to connect with larger hospitals and leverage their AI-powered applications and expertise. The integration of 5G with healthcare IT systems can also lead to enhanced collaboration and efficiency among medical professionals.


The role of eSIM Enhances in Healthcare

For healthcare organizations, eSIM technology can simplify the management of connected medical devices. The ability to remotely activate, provision, and update eSIM profiles eliminates the need for physical SIM card distribution and management, streamlining device deployment and maintenance.

eSIM-connected ambulances can stream high-definition video and vital sign data to hospital staff in real-time, enabling remote consultation with specialists and facilitating appropriate treatment upon the patient's arrival. This can lead to faster and more effective emergency response, ultimately improving patient outcomes.

It’s also true that eSIM technology offers improved security features compared to traditional SIM cards. The embedded nature of eSIMs makes them more resistant to tampering and theft, reducing the risk of SIM-swapping attacks and providing a greater level of protection for both patients and healthcare providers.

Overall, the integration of eSIM technology in the healthcare industry can lead to enhanced remote patient monitoring, improved emergency response, simplified device management, increased healthcare accessibility, and stronger security and privacy measures - all of which contribute to better healthcare outcomes for patients.


The Role of MNOs in Bringing 5G and eSIM to Healthcare

Mobile network operators (MNOs) have a crucial role to play in enabling the integration of 5G and eSIM technologies within the healthcare industry to drive improved patient outcomes and operational efficiency.

As the primary providers of 5G network infrastructure, MNOs are responsible for ensuring widespread 5G coverage and capacity, particularly in underserved rural areas. By investing in 5G network deployment, MNOs can empower healthcare organizations to leverage the technology's high-speed, low-latency, and reliable connectivity to enable innovative applications such as remote patient monitoring, virtual consultations, and AR/VR-assisted medical procedures.


Facilitating eSIM Adoption

 MNOs have another key role in healthcare connectivity: facilitating eSIM adoption by providing the necessary infrastructure and support for eSIM provisioning, activation, and management. By collaborating with healthcare providers, MNOs can develop tailored 5G and eSIM solutions that address the specific needs of the industry, integrating these capabilities with existing healthcare IT systems to enable enhanced data sharing, collaboration, and operational efficiency.

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, MNOs can leverage their expertise in eSIM implementation to drive innovation and transformation, exploring advanced applications such as remote surgeries performed by specialists using robotic technology, or enabling new models of care delivery and improving overall healthcare accessibility.


Work With an Experienced Partner

 Overall, the role of MNOs in bringing 5G and eSIM to the healthcare setting is multifaceted, encompassing network infrastructure, technology enablement, strategic partnerships, and driving innovation.

MNOs should consider relying on an experienced partner to help drive 5G technologies and the flexibility of eSIM across their healthcare clients. To find out more about what Telna can do for MNOs, view Telna’s three-step approach for MNOs here – and see how we help MNO’s integrate, white label and launch services.



Telna provides Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Communication Service Providers (CSPs), and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with a fully managed global cellular connectivity platform. Telna has the largest 2G – 5G, LTE-M to over 800 radio network operators – 300 in direct partnerships – in 200 countries. Its global multi-network connectivity platform enables simplified integration to any platform and enables local break-out with localization that utilizes cloud infrastructure. With one integration to Telna’s platform, we have enabled millions of devices with multi-network connectivity, enabling innovative solutions in the cloud.