FCC [Federal Communications Commission – US] to allocate spectrum for wireless medical monitoring – CNN Health – 17 May 2012

Posted on May 18, 2012. Filed under: Health Informatics, Health Technology Assessment |

FCC [Federal Communications Commission – US] to allocate spectrum for wireless medical monitoring – CNN Health – 17 May 2012

“The Federal Communications Commission says it plans to allocate spectrum bandwidth for use of body sensors that would monitor a patient’s vital signs wirelessly.

The spectrum will work specifically with MBAN (medical body area network) sensor devices. Similar in size and shape to a Band-Aid, the sensors would be disposable and include a low-power radio transmitter, according to an FCC official.

The primary function is to monitor a patient’s temperature, pulse, blood glucose level, blood pressure and respiratory health wirelessly.

“The benefits are clear: increased mobility, better care and lower costs,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski tells CNN.

Here’s how it works: Using the newly allocated spectrum bandwidth, the sensors on a patient’s body would wirelessly form a network, aggregate the results and transmit that data to centralized computer systems.

The idea is to provide real-time results for health care staff and more comfort for patients because they won’t be attached to machines by wires.”

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