By: Joe McMenamin, JD, MD

Yesterday, FCC unanimously adopted the proposed medical body area networks (“MBAN”) rules discussed on iMedicalApps on Wednesday. FCC’s decision opens up frequencies for such networks, allowing patients to rid themselves of some of the wires that presently connect them to medical monitors. It is expected that this decision will stimulate innovation in the development of these networks, resulting in savings of up to $12,000 per inpatient through infection avoidance.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the ruling makes the U.S. the first country in the world to allocate the airwaves for MBAN use. He praised companies such as GE Healthcare and Philips, as well as the Flight Test Radio Coordinating Council, for their cooperation in developing the final rule. The Commission still has to issue rules on the selection of a coordinator, however, and designate one for the service.

The text of the new rule can be found here. We will continue to cover this important development with more details to follow.