Today many healthcare computational workloads still exist at or near the point of care because of high latency, low bandwidth, or challenges with wireless power requirements and limited battery capabilities. Limitations on the numbers of connections per cell are also poised to stunt the future growth of IoT (Internet of Things).
4G LTE has typical latencies of 50-100ms, bandwidth less than 50Mbps, and in the range of thousands of connections per cell (maximum). This has forced users to spend capital buying expensive, powerful hardware to be co-located at or close to the point of need, and to secure and maintain that hardware over its lifetime. In the case of IoT and wearables these limitations have either prevented certain use cases or significantly limited capabilities. 5G has a latency of less than 1ms, bandwidth of up to 10 Gbps, and up to a million connections per square KM! This is going to pave the way for many new innovations in healthcare.