Review Step 2c: Characteristics & Trade-offs - Usage

Differences in Usage: Healthcare Sector

The healthcare sector provides a good example of how emerging or maturing applications can be very bandwidth-intensive, requiring robust connectivity to enable usage. While patients can often get by with a 1.5-to-3-Mbit/s connection for video consultations, a single-physician practice will require at least 4 Mbit/s to serve as a telemedicine provider (see Table 14).

Table 14. Sample bandwidth requirements by telemedicine provider type