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FCC Hosts Forum for Broadband, Health IT Discussions

251688-Julius_GenachowskiA panel of healthcare, technology, government and academic experts will meet for two days in Washington, D.C., to begin looking at ways government can ensure the safety and reliability of wireless broadband-enabled medical devices while increasing their availability to consumers and healthcare providers, the Federal Communications Commission announced yesterday.

The two-day meeting will be held July 26-27 and was prompted by recommendations in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan to unleash the power of broadband to improve healthcare while cutting costs. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, and White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, will tour a vendor technology showcase that will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26.

Genachowski and Hamburg will also deliver opening remarks, which will be followed by panel and roundtable discussions. There will be six sessions: Current State of Wireless Health & Lessons Learned; Innovator Perspective; Healthcare Provider, Clinician & Patient Perspective; Investor and Research & Development Perspective; Reliability – How to Define Quality of Service; and Electromagnetic Compatibility – How to Promote EMC.

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