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Genachowski Remarks On Unleashing Spectrum for Medical Body Area Networks

May 17, 2012, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM EDT
George Washington University Hospital, Hospital Auditorium, Lower Level, 900 23rd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 200037

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.


  • Julius Genachowski, Chairman, FCC
  • Michael Harsh, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, GE Healthcare
  • Anthony Jones, Chief Marketing Officer, Patient Care and Clinical Informatics, Philips Healthcare
  • Richard J. Katz, MD, Director, Division of Cardiology, George Washington University Hospital
  • Barry Wolfman, CEO and Managing Director, George Washington University Hospital


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