The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) last month urged hospital facilities professionals to review their medical telemetry systems and verify that all Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS) equipment is registered with ASHE, the designated WMTS frequency coordinator. A notice of proposed rulemaking issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier in November said the FCC has tentatively concluded that WMTS systems will not be required to relocate to a different band as part of a much larger effort to reallocate portions of the UHF-TV bands for provision of new wireless broadband services. However, to provide the strongest arguments in favor of retaining TV Channel 37 (608-614 MHz) for WMTS, ASHE states that it is critical for it to have an accurate count of the number and location of all WMTS systems.

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