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Verizon Healthcare Initiatives Tap Private 5G, Private MEC, AI, Slicing

Verizon is seeing a great deal of interest in private 5G core networks and private multi-access edge computing (MEC) on the part of healthcare providers. Telecompetitor discussed this and other trends impacting Verizon healthcare initiatives – involving network slicing, artificial intelligence (AI) and more — in an interview with Maggie Hallbach, vice president of business development, public sector for Verizon Business.

“Historically, the idea has been that you bring ubiquitous high-availability mobile connectivity [to market] and developers will come,” commented Hallbach, pointing to the example of Uber, a company whose business model relies on fast mobile broadband connectivity.

“In 5G,” she continued, “you start talking about being able to purpose-build the network infrastructure to support the specific applications.”

One of the technologies underlying this idea is network slicing , a capability of 5G networks that enables service providers to essentially build a service with bandwidth, latency and other parameters fine-tuned to the needs of a specific customer.

Some Verizon healthcare capabilities – glucose monitoring, for example — will be more akin to internet of things (IoT) applications than they are to traditional mobile services, Hallbach noted.

Security will be critical to healthcare applications, and Hallbach sees AI playing an important role there. Using AI, […]

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