In Israel, as in many other Western countries, the development of digital medicine has become a priority.
Poria Hospital, located in Tiberias in northern Israel, is the main medical center for a large area from the Lower Galilee through the Jordan Valley to the Golan Heights. It is one of two Israeli hospitals selected by the government for 5G facilities.
“We use technology that allows doctors anywhere in the world to diagnose and see patients with cameras and other sensors, and for that we absolutely need a network as fast as 5G offers,” said Dr. Danny Zohar, director of hospital information security at Israel’s Ministry of Health.
If successful, the pilot project will be expanded to other health institutions. The benefits are many.
“With 3G, the amount of data you could get was limited. With 5G you have really reliable coverage. For example, when you’re in the basement of your house, you lose Wifi, but you’re always connected to the mobile network. , so if you have “Having this facility in a hospital where services must be connected 24 hours a day is great,” said Liron Ben-Horin, One Layer’s vice president of systems engineering.
The 5G network offers much more flexibility for hospitals in the event of a crisis, as it uses radio waves, not physical wires.
“Another advantage is that if you want to add a unit to your hospital, you don’t need cables, so you save a lot of time and money. For example, during the pandemic, we had to build dedicated emergency units. The coronavirus at Haifar Rambam Hospital. It took several months, whereas with 5G it would have taken us seconds,” according to Dr Zohar.
This cellular network was previously reserved for mobile phone operators, but more states are allowing private companies to use these radio bands. The danger, however, lies in cyber attacks.
“Everybody is interested in information held by hospitals: Hackers are demanding ransom from hospitals or hostile countries. Hospitals are attacked every day and every minute. The most expensive data on the darknet is medical information, which is used for research purposes or to harm the country,” Said Dr. Zohar.
About 70 percent of cyber attacks worldwide target hospitals. To counter them, Israeli company One Layer has developed technology to protect private 5G networks.
“We make sure that if someone has access to one of the personal computers on the network, they can’t access more confidential areas and get information about a patient, a scanner or a device critical to hospital work.” Ben-Horin explained.
Installing 5G in hospitals will further improve the quality of remote care. Israel’s performance in this area has already been praised by the World Health Organization, and the country has even been chosen to host the first international center for digital health.