wireless medical deviceAs the number of wireless medical devices continues to increase, so does the need to understand how those devices operate in healthcare facilities and for collaboration among industry leaders. From lead lined walls to metal objects to interference from other devices, hospitals are harsh environments that present many challenges to reliable Wi-Fi connectivity. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are teaming up to host a joint workshop on Tuesday March 31st titled, “Promoting Medical Technology Innovation – The Role of Wireless Test Beds”. The workshop will discuss key topics such as the role of wireless medical test beds, innovation and safe coexistence of wireless medical technologies, the future of healthcare and medical device innovations, and more.

The workshop is a great opportunity to learn about the latest innovative medical technologies from industry experts as well as gaining an understanding of the current wireless medical device trends and challenges faced in wireless hospitals. The free event goes from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Here is a quick look at the event schedule:

9:00-9:15 a.m. –  Greetings from FCC and FDA
9:15-9:30 a.m. – Overview of FCC and FDA Ongoing Collaborative Efforts and Interest in Wireless Test Beds for Converged Medical Devices
10:45-11:00 a.m. – Break
11:00-12:00 p.m. – Overview of Current Public and Private Wireless Medical Device Test Bed Programs and Initiatives
12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch Break
1:00-1:30 p.m. – Future of Healthcare and Medical Device Innovations
1:30-2:45 p.m. – Identifying and Prioritizing Key Features, Functions and Gaps in Wireless Medical Device Test Beds
2:45-3:00 p.m. – Break
3:00-4:15 p.m. – Driving Innovation and Safe Coexistence of Wireless Medical Technologies
4:15-4:30 p.m. – Closing

For more details about the topics and panelists, see the full agenda, here.

There is also a live webcast of the event available, here.

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