By Brendan Sasso - 06/05/12 07:09 PM EDT
Challenges to wireless medical devices include maintaining reliable connectivity, ensuring interoperability between different devices and preventing interference.
The FCC cited a study showing that mobile medical devices could save as much as $197 billion over the next 25 years while improving patient care.
The FCC voted last month to set aside radio frequency spectrum for wireless medical devices that can monitor a patient's body, known as Medical Area Body Networks (MBANs).
The vote made the United States the first country to set aside spectrum for the devices.
The low-powered sensors allow doctors to remotely monitor a patients' medical data, such as temperature, respiratory function or blood glucose levels, in real time. The technology could allow more patients to receive medial care at home.