Health IT Alert: FCC Seeks Comments on Converged Communications and Health Care Devices; Schedules Public Meeting

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking the public for comments by June 25, 2010 on questions regarding regulatory challenges and safety for patients and other users of medical devices that include radio elements and of systems that can be tied into broadband networks. As part of its efforts, the FCC will conduct a joint meeting with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) entitled “Enabling the Convergence of Communications and Medical Systems: Ways to Update Regulatory and Information Processes” on June 26-27 at the FCC’s office from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM each day. The purpose of the meeting is to gather information about the challenges and risks posed by the proliferation of medical implants and other devices that utilize radio communications to effectuate their functions, and the challenges and risks created by the integration of broadband communications with health care devices and applications.

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