The role of 5G for digital healthcare against COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic caused a massive impact on healthcare, social life, and economies on a global scale. Apparently, technology has a vital role to enable ubiquitous and accessible digital health services in pandemic conditions as well as against “re-emergence” of COVID-19 disease in a post-pandemic era. Accordingly, 5G systems and 5G-enabled e-health solutions are paramount. This paper highlights methodologies to effectively utilize 5G for e-health use cases and its role to enable relevant digital services. It also provides a comprehensive discussion of the implementation issues, possible remedies and future research directions for 5G to alleviate the health challenges related to COVID-19.

Siriwardhana Yushan, Gür Gürkan, Ylianttila Mika, Liyanage Madhusanka

Publication type:
A1 Journal article – refereed

Place of publication:

5G, COVID-19, e-health, IoT, pandemic

4 November 2020

Full citation:
Yushan Siriwardhana, Gürkan Gür, Mika Ylianttila, Madhusanka Liyanage, The role of 5G for digital healthcare against COVID-19 pandemic: Opportunities and challenges, ICT Express, 2020, , ISSN 2405-9595,


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