Webinar discusses important changes to Wireless Medical Telemetry Service
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) has posted its webinar "Critical WMTS Update: What You Need to Know" online.

The webinar discusses the latest information about an important Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision that will allow unlicensed devices to operate on the same channel as the Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS) used by hospitals.

ASHE and the American Hospital Association shared concerns that the new rule could interfere with wireless monitoring of patients' vital signs and requested the FCC postpone its ruling. Although the request was denied, the FCC did approve a mechanism to increase the buffer zone between a hospital's WMTS and unlicensed devices.

ASHE members can access the webinar recording for free.

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