martes, 29 de mayo de 2012

FCC approves channel for wearable monitors

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday voted to approve a channel to accommodate wearable electronic devices that will free patients now tethered to hospital beds.
New rules will allow healthcare providers to use wireless spectrum for "medical body area networks"--or MBANs--which can transmit information from, and between, mobile medical devices both in the hospital and at home. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski predicted last week that the expansion will allow providers to monitor patients vital signs throughout the continuum of care, prevent adverse events and hospital readmissions, and ultimately lower healthcare costs.
The FCC is dedicating 40 MHz of spectrum in the 2360-2400 MHz band for these MBAN devices. Interestingly enough, hospitals will share this band with commercial test pilots.

Read more: FCC approves channel for wearable monitors - FierceHealthIT

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