The Federal Communications Commissions plans to allocate spectrum so healthcare providers can operate wireless medical monitoring devices for mobile patient care, Adam Mazmanian reports for National Journal.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said at a George Washington University Hospital event last week that the FCC will decide on the plan at a meeting Thursday, according to the report.
Whether patients are moved to different sections of a hospital, or recovering from home, the system can pick up data from medical devices and transmit it back to a central hub using broadband or cellular networks, Mazmanian explained.
Industry experts suggested to Manzamian that the spectrum and network could be functional within a few years.
The FCC is working with the Commerce Department have worked together to address the growing demand for spectrum and Commerce is directing agencies to share some of their spectrum with private companies.