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By Neil Versel September 19, 2013
Departing national health IT coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari would prefer that the Food and Drug Administration unilaterally issue a long-anticipated final guidance on mobile medical apps rather than waiting for inter-agency consensus with the Federal Communications Commission and Mostashari's own Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. "I testified before Congress...
By Jonah Comstock June 18, 2013
Speedy response is what emergency services are all about. But when it comes to responding to changes in technology, emergency response providers can be a little slow. The Federal Communications Commission announced last year that, with the penetration of smartphones and cellphones, the time had finally come for a next generation 911 service where people could use text messages, and even...
By Jonah Comstock May 3, 2013
Although disposable body-worn wireless medical sensors have barely begun to see usage in healthcare, research firm ABI is predicting they will rise to prominence very quickly. By 2018, ABI analysts say, disposable Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) sensor shipments will hit 5 million. Previously, ABI reported that 160 million wireless wearable health devices, of which disposable sensors are a sub-...
By Jonah Comstock April 22, 2013
Some time last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) quietly filled its long-vacant Director of Healthcare Initiatives position, responding to a call made last September by its mHealth task force. The FCC's appointee, Matthew Quinn, is no stranger to healthcare innovation. With a background in two previous government agencies and a number of large and small healthcare companies,...
By Jonah Comstock January 9, 2013
The Federal Communications Commission will provide $400 million in funding to rural hospitals and care facilities to support telemedicine infrastructure. Starting at the end of the summer in 2013, nonprofit hospitals will be able to apply for funding to build or expand their broadband networks, allowing rural clinics to connect to urban medical centers to allow remote consultation with...
By Jonah Comstock December 13, 2012
Back in September, MobiHealthNews reported that the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) mHealth taskforce recommended, among other things, that the FCC hire a healthcare director. A job posting for that position has now been posted by the FCC. According to the post, the Director of Health Care Initiatives will serve for a maximum of four years. The Commission hopes to hire someone with a...
By Jonah Comstock December 11, 2012
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 85 percent of American adults own a mobile phone, and 80 percent of those mobile phone owners use their phone to send and receive text messages. Yet the only way to contact emergency services in the event of a fire, health emergency, or criminal activity is still by dialing 9-1-1 and making a phone call. In August of last year, FCC chairman...
By Neil Versel September 13, 2012
The Federal Communications Commission has finalized its rule on medical body-area networks (MBANs), officially allocating a portion of the wireless spectrum to wearable sensors. Bloomberg BNA's Health IT Law & Industry Report says that the action makes the U.S. the first country in the world to open up spectrum to networks of wireless medical sensors, though MBANs will be the secondary user...
By Neil Versel July 26, 2012
With the bring-your-own-device trend showing no signs of abating and mixed messages coming from government regulators, healthcare organizations are struggling mightily with how to secure patient data on tablets, smartphones, laptops and even wireless medical devices. Different federal agencies see security through different prisms. The Drug Enforcement Agency, part of the Department of Justice,...
By Brian Dolan May 15, 2012
By the end of this month, the major mobile operators in the US, which cover about 97 percent of the population, will support wireless emergency alerts from federal, state, local, and tribal government agencies about imminent threats to safety, including severe weather events and missing children. The messages, also called the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) and Personalized Localized...