FDA: How to Use Radio-Frequency Wireless Healthcare Devices


The Food and Drug Administration has released a guide to using radio frequency wireless technology in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

The guide is a list of nonbinding recommendations on the proper usage of an array of radio-frequency wireless devices, including those that are "implanted, worn on the body or other external wireless medical devices intended for use in hospitals, homes, clinics, clinical laboratories and blood establishments."

The guide includes instructions on how to:

  • Select the right device
  • Ensure appropriate wireless quality of service
  • Allow multiple devices to coexist without interference
  • Ensure electromagnetic compatibility
  • Maintain security of wireless data
  • Manage risk related to wireless devices

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