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GE Healthcare and Philips Healthcare Commend FCC Rule for Wireless Medical Sensor Technologies


5/24/2012 10:11:04 AM

MILWAUKEE, Wis. & ANDOVER, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) and Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) applaud the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today for its action allocating protected spectrum for wireless medical devices, called Medical Body Area Networks (MBANs), which could revolutionize the way patients are monitored and help eliminate the restrictive cables that tether patients to hospital beds. MBANs—small, wearable wireless sensors that capture patient vital signs—could help extend care anywhere throughout the hospital or even remotely in the home. By providing access to spectrum that is free of transmissions from WiFi and other ubiquitous high-powered consumer devices, the FCC’s ruling is a key enabler for MBANs.

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