FCC, FDA unveil partnership to promote wireless medical technology

The joint statement says that the FDA and the FCC should encourage investment in wireless medical technology, ensure that all devices operate safely, and streamline regulatory processes, including by clarifying the agencies’ jurisdiction over wireless devices. 

Wireless health technology can include everything from pumps that deliver insulin to diabetes patients, to remote monitoring systems that measure the level of glucose in a patient’s body, to sensors that send text messages to a doctor if a patient’s state changes.  

Wireless devices will allow healthcare providers to “transition from facility-centric care to patient-centric care,” Hamburg said.

The partnership comes on the heels of the FCC’s move this month to create a $400 million fund for broadband infrastructure projects at medical facilities.