GE: Wireless interference holds back body sensor networks

GE Healthcare and GE's technology development arm, Global Research, announced an initiative focused on developing body sensor networks (BSNs) that will "collect critical patient-specific information." Examples of the types of vitals and biometrics GE plans to develop sensors for include temperature, pulse-oximetry, blood glucose levels, electrocardiogram readings, blood pressure levels and respiratory function.

GE Working to Enable a Cable-Free, Wireless Patient Monitoring System

In what would represent an important step forward in revolutionizing the way patients are monitored in the future, GE announced an initiative aimed to develop wireless medical monitoring systems, or body sensor networks (BSN), which would replace the traditional tangle of bedside cables used to capture a patient's vital signs. GE's vision for the systems would enable wireless monitoring from anywhere in the hospital-or even remotely from home.

WiTricity: Wireless charging for pacemakers

Here's a recent TED talk that's been making the rounds thanks to a pick-up by MedGadget. In this presentation Eric Giler explains how a "near-to-market" technology coming out of MIT could truly enable a wireless future by unplugging the last plug: electricity. Giler's start-up, WiTricity, hopes to recharge mobile phones, cars and even pacemakers in the near future.

Shorts: Continua and IHE; Pages for pulses

Continua teams with IHE Continua has teamed up with the IHE to work on "standards harmonization" for device interoperability. Continua's Executive Director Rick Cnossen: "The Continua Health Alliance appreciates the opportunity HITSP has afforded to work with IHE to provide a harmonized approach for the Remote Patient Monitoring Use Case with an open architecture, international, standards-based solution.

FCC: Help us encourage wireless health innovations

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just announced a plan to examine the mobile phone industry in an effort to determine ways that the agency can spur innovation and competition in the industry. The FCC highlighted four key markets ripe for wireless innovation: health care, energy, education and public safety and is seeking comments on how it can best go about facilitating innovation in those areas.