FDA, FCC Work on Approving Wireless Technology for Healthcare More Quickly

The Federal Communications Commission and Food and Drug Administration are working on more quickly introducing wireless medical devices to the market while ensuring patient safety and interoperability, according to a Government Health IT news report.

Both federal groups hope to ensure wireless medical devices are able to operate side by side in the healthcare setting and devices are able to deliver services in a safe and effective manner. The FCC will soon issue a final rule proposed last year that would expand its radio spectrum service with an eye on wireless test beds. The final rule would allow "qualified organizations" to conduct research freely and patients to roam without being connected to cables and other medical machinery, according to the news report.

Meanwhile, the FDA recently launched the Medical Device Innovation Initiative, which would cut down the pre-market approval process to 150 days, which represents approximately half the time it takes to normally approve new technologies.

Read the news report about wireless medical technology.

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