Healthcare faces a daily battle with rising demands, strained finances and the fallout from the pandemic. Could “edge computing” be its saviour? 

The terminology lacks the charisma of a new vaccine or wonder drug, or the political drama of a multibillion-pound funding programme. However, it has significant potential to tap the oceans of valuable data washing around healthcare.

Edge computing is a physical infrastructure outside a cloud setup or central data system that enables staff to access and analyse data – patient and clinical information – swiftly, cleanly and locally. The technology’s transformative potency comes from taking the data generated every day by hospitals, clinics and wearables and placing it close to where it’s needed most, rather than in a central repository where bandwidth and latency are barriers to its use.



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