AHA Asks for Delay in FCC Vote on Unlicensed Devices on WMTS

August 5, 2015 | Strategic Insights for Health System


The American Hospital Association (AHA) has asked Congress to postpone voting on an order that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) intends to raise during its August 6, 2015, open meeting that would allow unlicensed devices to operate on the frequencies used by the Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS), reports a July 28, 2015, release in AHA News Now. AHA's request for a three-month postponement is outlined in a statement submitted for a hearing of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee regarding continued oversight of the FCC. FCC created the WMTS, a dedicated segment of the radio spectrum, in 2000 because of concerns about the potential for patient safety issues due to electromagnetic interference with medical telemetry equipment.

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