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GE Healthcare and Philips Healthcare Commend FCC Rule for Wireless Medical Sensor Technologies

Thursday, May 24, 2012 11:45 AM


GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) and Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) applaud the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today for its action allocating protected spectrum for wireless medical devices, called Medical Body Area Networks (MBANs), which could revolutionize the way patients are monitored and help eliminate the restrictive cables that tether patients to hospital beds. MBANs—small, wearable wireless sensors that capture patient vital signs—could help extend care anywhere throughout the hospital or even remotely in the home. By providing access to spectrum that is free of transmissions from WiFi and other ubiquitous high-powered consumer devices, the FCC’s ruling is a key enabler for MBANs.

Today, nearly all patient monitors are connected to patients via cables. By eliminating these wires, MBANs could help patients be more mobile, which may contribute to improved patient outcomes and recovery, and enhance their overall comfort. Small, wearable sensors could collect real-time clinical information such as temperature and respiratory function, and aggregate it at a nearby device for local processing and forwarding to centralized displays and electronic medical records.

“MBANs represent the next evolution in monitoring a patient’s health status,” said Dr. Richard Katz, Director, Division of Cardiology, Bloedorn Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University Hospital.


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