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FDA, ONC, and FCC Issue Report on the Regulation and Oversight of Health IT Technologies

On April 3, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released its long-awaited report on a proposed framework for the regulation and oversight of health information technology (“health IT”). The report, developed in...more

mHealth Stakeholders: Updated Bullet List of Legal Considerations

You are a device maker, an app or software developer, a potential investor, a healthcare provider, a healthcare payor or an insurer and you see opportunities in mobile health (mHealth). You have an idea for a revolutionary...more

FCC Seeks Comment on Healthcare Connect Fund Clarification

The Wireline Competition Bureau is seeking comment on a petition filed by the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) for reconsideration and clarification of the FCC’s recent Rural Health Care Support Mechanism Order....more

FCC Releases Decision on New Funding Program for Rural Health: Broadband Connectivity Prioritized and the Expansion of...

Federal Communications Commission (FCC; the "Commission") decision making continues to be active in the area of telemedicine. Recently, on December 21, 2012, the agency released a lengthy decision updating its rules and...more

FCC Creates an Annual $400 Million Healthcare Connect Fund for Broadband Services and Infrastructure

On Dec. 21, the FCC released its long-awaited Report and Order reforming its funding mechanisms for rural health care by creating a Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) of $400 million annually....more

mHealth and the FCC: What Does the FCC Have to Do with Medical Devices?

Originally published in mHealth Newsletter on November 14, 2012. One might not associate the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with mHealth issues. Yet, the FCC has a vital role to play in this field, and if...more

FCC Will Work to Implement mHealth Task Force Report

In a move he says will improve the quality of health care and cut health system costs, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the Commission will work toward implementing recommendations proposed by the mHealth Task Force,...more

The Regulatory Future of mHealth: FCC, FDA and the United States Congress

As a general matter FDA regulates all medical devices and FCC regulates devices that utilize electromagnetic spectrum - i.e. broadcast devices. So with regard to mobile health devices - sensors, applications, systems - FDA...more

mHealth Stakeholders: Bullet List of Legal Considerations

You are a device maker, an app or software developer, a potential investor, a healthcare provider, a healthcare payor or an insurer and you see opportunities in mobile health (mHealth). You have an idea for a revolutionary...more

mHealth Alert: FCC Seeks Comments on AHA Proposal To Use Amateur Radio Stations in Emergency Preparedness Drills

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has invited interested parties to submit comments on a request by the American Hospital Association (AHA) that the FCC waive its rules so that hospitals may use amateur radio...more

mHealth Alert: Text4baby: Texting Health Messages to Pregnant Women and New Moms

Furthering the use of commercial wireless networks to deliver health information, the Obama Administration recently announced its new Text4baby campaign, which sends free regular text messages with health information to...more

mHealth Alert: FCC Extends Boston Scientific's Authority for Implanted Cardiac Devices

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently granted a rule waiver requested by Boston Scientific Corporation (Boston Scientific), allowing it to continue to manufacture and market its Contak Renewal TR product line...more

mHealth Alert: FCC Proposes Rules ofr MBAN

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed to allocate radiofrequency spectrum and establish service and technical rules for the operation of Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) systems. The FCC envisions that...more

mHealth Alert: mHealth Raise New FCC and FDA Issues

Wireless technology has long been a part of medical devices. The recent introduction of more sophisticated wireless phones and the deployment of wireless broadband networks has sparked the development of new “mHealth” (mobile...more

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