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Siriwardhana, Y., Gür, G., Ylianttila, M., & Liyanage, M. (2021). The role of 5G for digital healthcare against COVID-19 pandemic: Opportunities and challenges. ICT Express, 7(2), 244–252.

The role of 5G for digital healthcare against COVID-19 pandemic : opportunities and challenges

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Author: Siriwardhana, Yushan1; Gür, Gürkan2; Ylianttila, Mika1;
Organizations: 1Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, 90570, Oulu, Finland
2Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Gertrudstrasse 15, 8400 Winterthur, Switzerland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2021
Publish Date: 2020-12-02


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.

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Series: ICT express
ISSN: 2405-9595
ISSN-E: 2405-9595
ISSN-L: 2405-9595
Volume: 7
Issue: 2
Pages: 244 - 252
DOI: 10.1016/j.icte.2020.10.002
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This work is partly supported by the European Union in RESPONSE 5G (Grant No: 789658) project and the Academy of Finland in 6Genesis (Grant No. 318927) and 5GEAR (Grant No. 319669) projects.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
319669 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2020 The Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences (KICS). Publishing services by Elsevier B.V. his is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (