Rural Healthcare Facilities
Patients who live in rural areas are already burdened by limited access to advanced healthcare, and the FCC does not permit WMTS systems to operate in rural areas outside of major hospitals. As a result, rural patients who rely upon clinics, nursing facilities and home care are excluded from the lifesaving benefits of advanced monitoring. Leading telemedicine vendors like Philips have noted: “As the nation’s clinician shortage continues to grow, rural areas are increasingly struggling to provide patients with quality access to the personalized care they need in a timely manner. In widely dispersed communities, clinical teams have limited access to the expertise from intensivists, specialists and critical care nurses. Patients can be transferred to tertiary care centers in the nearest city, but this option requires expensive and lengthy air transfers. Leveraging telehealth technology can help rural hospitals increase access to quality care by providing the bedside team with expert guidance and 24/7 monitoring of critically ill patients.”
Medical Telemetry Spectrum to Service Rural Healthcare Needs
Rural healthcare environments are the most impacted by FCC regulations, which do not permit medical telemetry operation outside of major hospitals. Commercial spectrum would open up WMTS application to critical-care rural patient populations that currently go unmonitored.
“The opportunity exists to facilitate deployment of commercial WMTS spectrum in the 1.4 GHz band, thereby promoting the deployment of remote monitoring in currently underserved rural communities and expand the number of patients that can benefit from this life-saving technology.”
- American Telemedicine Association
Gain Access: Begin the pre-registration process for access to commercial medical telemetry capacity.