The Federal Communications Commission and Food and Drug Administration on March 31 held a workshop in Washington to discuss the role of wireless test beds in promoting medical technology innovation.

Wireless test beds are meant to ensure that these technologies work as intended and do not pose risks to patient safety through interference with other wireless users in either hospital or residential settings. With the growth of clinical applications and consumers increasingly using wireless care management tools at home, government regulators are wrestling with the challenges that these environments pose.

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