A new report gives recommendations to the Federal Communications Commission, other federal agencies and the health care industry on making use of mobile technologies a routine medical best practice by 2017.

The FCC in June held a summit with industry stakeholders to examine opportunities and challenges of mobile health products, and created a mHealth Task Force to develop recommendations. The agency in May adopted rules to allocate spectrum, or wireless frequencies, for Medical Body Area Networks. These are networks of wireless sensors that can transmit patient vital signs to a clinician while giving patients freedom of movement. Now, the FCC is accepting a number of recommendations from the task force, including:

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