Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission and the Food and Drug Administration will host a public workshop 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 co-existence.
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 Radiologic Health. Topics may include the need for and scope of wireless medical device test beds, an overview of current public and private test bed programs and initiatives, a discussion of ideal features, functions and gaps of such programs, and how best to drive innovation and safe co-existence of wireless medical technologies.
Promoting Medical Technology Innovation – The Role of Wireless Test Beds
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
FCC Commission Meeting Room
445 12th Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20554
*Registration is strongly encouraged. You can register by emailing: email@example.com
The event is free and open to the public. An agenda, providing additional details about the workshop, including participants and issues to be discussed, will be released at a later date. Details also will be posted on http://www.fcc.gov/health.