On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will host 'Promoting Medical Technology Innovation - The Role of Wireless Test Beds."
The agenda and list of moderators and panelists is now available.
The workshop will convene experts from industry, medicine, academia, and government to focus on the role of wireless medical test beds and their influence on the development of converged medical technology for clinical and non-clinical settings. A wireless test bed is an environment where devices can be evaluated across a range of interference scenarios.
As the rapid pace of innovation blurs traditional boundaries between consumer health technology, medical devices, and communications, the agencies seek to better understand how wireless test beds can be used and configured to meet the challenges and to take advantage of the opportunities this convergence presents. Consumers are increasingly using wireless health and care management tools at home; indeed, the emergence of the "hospital in the home" concept opens new areas of medical technology innovation that must take into account the need for wireless coexistence.
The workshop is another step in the ongoing FDA/FCC collaboration and leadership in promoting innovative medical technologies, and is being organized by the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force, the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology, and the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
The FCC and the FDA encourage the participation of a broad range of stakeholders, including device manufacturers, health care facilities and clinicians, test labs, standard-setting bodies, innovators, other government agencies, patient safety groups, researchers, and entrepreneurs, among others.
REGISTRATION AND EVENT INFORMATION
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged. The FCC will attempt to accommodate as many attendees as possible; however, admittance will be limited to seating availability.
Registration: To register and get on our email list for the event, please e-mail email@example.com with "Registration" in the subject line and provide your name, organization affiliation and contact information.
Public Input: The agencies also seek public input regarding questions for workshop participants. Suggested questions can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: "Workshop Questions." During the workshop, audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions in writing, online at email@example.com, and through Twitter using #testbeds. Questions will be reviewed and, time permitting, may be asked by the moderators. There will also be an opportunity to submit written comments (via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org) about any portion of the workshop.
Reasonable Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the accommodation and contact information in case we need more information. Make your request as early as possible by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or calling the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).