• On August 13, 2012, the FCC released a report concluding that broadband health care networks in rural areas will “improve the quality and reduce the cost of delivering care.” The report evaluates the FCC’s Rural Health Care Pilot Program, examining the benefits and lessons learned regarding the 50 active projects in 38 states. “The experiences of those pilot projects are providing critical information to the FCC as it considers comprehensive reform of its Rural Health Care program.” Some benefits from the program include life-saving telemedicine connections, remote psychiatric consultations, and millions of dollars in saved expenses for rural health care providers. A summary of the report is available here. The report is available here.
  • Comments on the FCC Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding medical body area networks (MBANs), and specifically the proposed procedures to pick an entity to coordinate MBAN use, are due September 10, 2012, and Reply Comments are due September 28, 2012. ET Dockets No. 08-59 and 12-54. The FNPRM, which was combined with a First Report and Order, is available here.