FCC & FDA Partnership to Promote Wireless Medical Devices

September 22, 2011

In mid-2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced a joint venture to promote the advancement of wireless medical devices in the healthcare industry. For IT professionals, this will mean an increasing focus on wireless technology in the coming years. So, what do IT professionals need to prepare for?

Integrating Wireless Medical Technology

These two government power agencies plan to make sure all Americans have access to the benefits of medical technology advancements like wireless heart monitors and portable glucose monitors.

While in many cases, FCC approval of these devices in hospitals isn’t yet finalized, in the coming years, the technology will “morph to the home environment,” says Kerry McDermott, director of healthcare for the FCC. This could lead to interesting shifts in the responsibilities and job opportunities of healthcare IT professionals.

Federal Government Support

According to the joint statement issued by the FCC and FDA, it’s important that the federal government forward the cause by encouraging innovation and investment in these types of technologies.

It’s unclear the full scope of their plan to “encourage,” but it’s a sign that healthcare IT professionals should not only be prepared to integrate new technologies quickly, they may be asked to participate in development to ensure the technology is practical and reliable.

Opportunities for Wireless Technology Experts

The opportunities for healthcare IT professionals with a strong background in wireless technology will only increase in the coming years.

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