FCC to Look into Possible Problems Using Wireless Medical Devices

Deborah Hirsch | HealthTechZone | June 6, 2012

Studies show that mobile medical devices, such as the ability to recieve dialysis at home for kidney disease patients, could save as much as $197 billion over the next 25 years while improving patient care. Wireless devices are changing the face of healthcare. But with all their flair, there are also flaws.

That’s why Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials will meet with leaders in the medical community on Wednesday to discuss challenges that come with implementing wireless medical devices. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and senior executives from Philips, Qualcomm and Medtronic, as well as start-ups such as MedApps, Telcare, TheCarrot and WellDoc, will all participate, as well as officials from the Food and Drug Administration, Health and Human Services Department, Veterans Affairs and the National Institutes of Health, according to a press release...