FCC Considers New Rules For Medical Body Area Networks

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The Federal Communications Commission is considering new rules to carve out a piece of the wireless spectrum for life-saving technology called Medical Body Area Networks.

These wireless systems are used by physicians to monitor vital signs in patients after they leave the hospital. Thursday at George Washington University Hospital, the FCC announced it wants to make sure this doctor-patient link isn't interrupted by cell phones or other devices.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, "The real game changer for MBAN technology can be health monitoring in the home. With in-home patient monitoring premature babies can come home faster a father struggling with health disease can be aware of his condition and being monitored while still at his kids soccer game a grandmother living at home can keep her independence."

The growing MBAN technology is expected to bring down healthcare costs as well by keeping people out of the hospital.


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