The Federal Communications Commission issued a final rule (PDF) to allocate wireless spectrum for medical body area networks starting Oct. 1.
The FCC announced this year its support for the development of MBAN technology, a new type of wireless medical device that will limit the number of wires tying a patient to a hospital bed.
The commission voted unanimously in support of allocating spectrum for body area networks.
“This platform will enhance patient safety, care and comfort by reducing the need to physically connect sensors to essential monitoring equipment by cables and wires,” the FCC said in the Sept. 11 filing. “This decision is the latest in a series of actions to expand the spectrum available for wireless medical use.”