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The proliferation of patient-worn wireless telemetry technologies within the U.S. healthcare environment

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1 Author(s)
Gieras, I.A. ; Dept. of Clinical Eng. & Technol. Manage., Beaumont Services Co., Royal Oak, MI, USA

Driven by ever-evolving technological advancements, healthcare institutions must continuously adapt in order to provide optimal patient care. One significant advancement is the development of wireless medical telemetry systems. With wireless systems, patients can move freely around the hospital while their physiological parameters are monitored. This new model of patient care is a revolutionary advancement in modern healthcare. Recently, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated protected frequency bands for medical telemetry. Medical device manufacturers and their customers are classified as the primary users of the bands. These licensed frequency bands will guard medical telemetry from the potential interference of other telemetry devices. This governmental decision has enabled U.S. device manufacturers and healthcare institutions to move forward with confidence in the development and use of wireless technology. In healthcare organizations, a successful equipment acquisition process requires clearly defined objectives, stakeholder input, careful research, and correct identification of clinical and technical needs and specifications. By using these guidelines, institutions can increase the probability of selecting a telemetry product that provides the reliability, flexibility, and portability desired.

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Information Technology Applications in Biomedicine, 2003. 4th International IEEE EMBS Special Topic Conference on

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24-26 April 2003