Features | 05 Apr 2024

Vodafone in health – by the numbers

Few people know that Vodafone has been working in healthcare for roughly two decades. To mark World Health Day, here are some of the facts and figures behind the company's various health-focused initiatives.

Whether it’s supporting public health providers or working with corporate partners, Vodafone’s aim is to help transform the delivery of care. As the following figures show, a large part of this transformation relies on digital solutions and improved connectivity.

6.32 million

As of January 2024, 6.32 million individual patients were waiting for treatment from the NHS. Digital healthcare can help by ensuring easier access to the right expertise, while streamlining medical pathways, helping clinicians to more efficiently reduce elective care backlogs.


In December 2023, almost 31% of people attending A&E in the UK spent more than four hours between arrival, admission, transfer or discharge. To help ease the strain on clinical resource by accelerating patient flow, Vodafone is working with eConsult Health – a leading digital triage and remote consultation solution provider.


Using Vodafone’s fast and responsive 5G network in Germany, the University Hospital of Düsseldorf safely flew a 5G-controlled drone 450m in just 40 seconds. The drone was used to transport nutrition solutions for premature babies from a central pharmacy to the children’s ward.


October 2021 saw the launch of a new strategic alliance with Deloitte, as the Vodafone Centre for Health was founded. The virtual centre aimed to accelerate the adoption of connected healthcare by combining Vodafone’s technology solutions with Deloitte’s consulting experience.

Drone flights deliver coronavirus supplies to rural Scottish hospitals using Vodafone 4G

In a UK first, drones are transporting key medical supplies, such as COVID-19 testing samples and kits, in the remote Argyll & Bute region of Scotland as part of a three-month trial.


A recent survey by the Vodafone Institute revealed that 92% of European citizens think the health sector needs urgent support through the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility. The survey also saw 75% state that digital public services, digital skills and internet access will be important for Europe’s post-pandemic economic recovery.

20 million

Vodafone connects more than 20 million healthcare devices globally, through IoT, AI, 5G and Edge Computing. These technologies help enable everything from enhanced training and dialysis machines to trialling 5G-connected, remote-assisted surgeries.


By 2050, it is expected that 28.5% of the EU-27 populations will be over 65. To support this rapidly ageing population, health services will become increasingly dependent on digital solutions like remote patient monitoring and virtual consultation platforms.

1 billion

Research commissioned by Vodafone found that the NHS is set to lose out on £1 billion worth of savings each year if 5G is not rolled out across the UK at sufficient speed. Vodafone’s proposed merger with Three would support this roll out by creating a leading 5G network that supports 5G-enabled technologies in public services.

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