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Congress leaves FDA to complete job on mobile health apps regulation

By M. Jason Brooke, JD You might have heard that Congress recently passed legislation that promotes FDA regulation of mobile devices. It’s actually a bit more complicated than that. Congress was instead considering a bill that would muddy the regulatory waters for mobile app developers and distributors as well as smartphone and tablet manufacturers. Here’s what […]

FCC to allocate spectrum for wireless medical sensors, could open up a large new market

In 2010, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) issued its first national broadband plan, which included a proposal for a “medical body area network” (MBAN). Specific frequencies would be assigned for medical wireless monitoring. In May, 2012, FCC issued proposed rules for these MBAN systems, providing a platform for wirelessly networking patient sensors. After initially raising concerns about radio interference, the Aerospace and Flight Test Radio Coordinating Counsel (AFTRCC) appears now to be collaborating with health institutions to allow spectrum allocation for MBANs, an important and positive development.