The Federal Communications Commission on May 24 will vote on adoption of final rules to allocate wireless communication spectrum for operating Medical Body Area Networks, or MBANs. The FCC had issued proposed rules in mid-2009.

MBANs are wireless patient monitoring systems that use low-cost wearable sensors and allow clinicians to remotely monitor vital signs of patients, according to an FCC explanation. FCC Chair Julius Genachowski held a media event on May 17 to promote the rules.

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