Chairman Genachowski was joined by representatives from GE Healthcare and Philips Healthcare to discuss increasing spectrum capacity for Medical Body Area Networks (MBANs). MBANs are wireless patient monitoring systems that use low-cost wearable sensors and allow clinicians to remotely monitor vital signs of patients. Innovation at the intersection of communications technology and healthcare is essential to economic growth, job creation, and improving the quality of life for all Americans. The expansion of wireless patient monitoring systems will help speed diagnosis, allow earlier intervention, solicit faster clinician response, and ultimately improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs.
GE Healthcare and Philips Healthcare representatives conducted demos of MBAN devices prior to speaking program.