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12/9/2019 | 12:15:39 PM
Um, why?
5G surgery is neat, but is there a reason why an infrastructure-intensive place like a hospital can't have wired connectivity? Maybe even fiber? Or will this be a use-case where the OR will be on a truck in the middle of nowhere, first responder style, while the surgeon is in a hospital?
12/2/2019 | 3:35:22 PM
Re: Remote surgery?
Clarification from another source.

It turns out that Dr. Professor Palazinni wasn't directly manipulating the laproscopic surgical device, other than its cameras. His role was to consult and apparently to teach the attending surgeons.

Reading between the lines, it sounds like what he ordinarily does from his office via WiFi. In other words, the demo was a nothing burger.

There are some great applications for 5G's functional advancements. This isn't one of them.
12/2/2019 | 10:57:22 AM
Remote surgery?
Would you sign the consent form for that operation? I sure wouldn't. 

A long talk with an actual expert on wireless networking in health care confirmed what I already suspected. Remote surgery, particularly over mobile networks, addresses a problem that doesn't exist, nor does it fit in with the realities of hospitals and health care systems. He actually considers the whole idea to be laughable. So would his employer's lawyers.

-- Dan Grossman


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