FCC Chairman Challenges Private Sector to Accelerate the Next Generation of Wireless Health

15 June 2012: [by: Josh Gottheimer and Maya Uppaluru] Imagine a wireless sensor embedded in your gym clothes, so small  and lightweight that it is barely noticeable, that tracks your heart rate and  calories burned as you exercise and sends the data to your mobile phone.  Or a wireless heart monitor that warns a  physician that her patient with congestive heart failure is experiencing severe  symptoms, in time to intervene before an arrhythmia occurs. 

These and other wireless health care innovations hold tremendous  promise to transform health care delivery, not only by revolutionizing the way  patients manage their own care, but also by cutting costs and increasing  efficiencies across our health care system. 

The U.S. spends about $2 trillion annually on health  care expenses—17% of GDP and more than any other industrialized country.  Chronic disease management accounts for 75%  of our total health system costs, and because of that, many wireless health  devices are targeting this very aspect of health care.  Studies have found that remote patient monitoring  reduced the risk of hospitalization by 47%, reduced hospital stay length, and reduced  office visits by 65%.

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