The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established new rules that increase the spectrum for medical body area network (MBAN) devices. These rules come with big implications for health care, particularly for remote patient monitoring because caregivers can place wireless sensors on patients to capture clinical information.
We sat down with Kerry McDermott, senior policy director at the West Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C., to discuss how the FCC's MBAN rules impact health care. To that end, McDermott -- former director of health care for the FCC -- points to the challenges and opportunities of integrating MBANs into hospitals, such as patient safety, mobility, reducing costs and managing a wireless infrastructure.
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