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Keane W.K.,Duane Morris LLP
Proceedings of the International Telemetering Conference

In May of this year, the Federal Communications Commission issued a path-breaking decision making spectrum available for a new type of medical telemetry device known as Medical Body Area Networks (or "MBANs"). That spectrum is in a band reserved for flight test telemetry. An MBAN consists of an array of low power sensors placed on a patient's body for purposes of monitoring heart functions, respiration, and the like. Each of the sensors transmits its data to a hub, either worn on the patient's belt, or perhaps to a unit affixed to the wall of the patient's room. The device offers a means of freeing patients and their care-givers from the tangle of cables connecting sensors to monitors as required today. It will increase patient mobility, is expected to reduce the rate of infection, and should lower health care costs. It will facilitate more continuous monitoring of patients and, according to an FCC news release of May 24, "give health care providers the chance to identify life-threatening problems or events before they occur." It also fulfills objectives of the FCC's Broadband Action Plan, as noted by FCC Chairman Genachowski, who indicated when the Order was released that: "The National Broadband Plan identified health care as an area of enormous promise for broadband-enabled innovation." The FCC's decision was the product of over five years' worth of proposals, litigation, and ultimately an agreed settlement between the aerospace industry and Federal agencies, on the one hand, and medical technology vendors, chiefly GE Healthcare and Philips Healthcare, on the other hand. FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel mentioned the exemplary cooperation between the various parties to the negotiations, noting: "They have served as a model for developing shared use policies for spectrum that address interference concerns while allowing new services to flourish. With the growing demand for spectrum resources, it is cooperative efforts like this that give us hope and faith." This article discusses the background to the decision and its details, and offers some comments. about the decision's import for spectrum policy. © International Foundation For Telemetering, 2012. Source

Funk Jr. P.V.K.,Duane Morris LLP
World Energy Engineering Congress 2010, WEEC 2010

Data centers should be able to achieve energy efficiency can be achieved without sacrificing reliability. Data center heat also is a growing problem. This proceeding discusses various solutions from a legal and contacting viewpoint and covers points that data center owners should understand in agreements such as provisions relating to monitoring, replacement of failed equipment and limitations as to business losses in installation, service and warranty agreements. This proceeding also addresses emergency and maintenance services, the elements of contracts for such services and their limitations with regard to losses for partial or complete system failures due to cooling and other failures. It also provides an overview of conceptual issues such as planning energy efficient data centers on a "greenfield" basis or in existing buildings and CHP providing baseload power and cooling to data centers. Source

Teichler S.L.,Energy Practice Group | Levitine I.,Duane Morris LLP
Electricity Journal

Direct current transmission has been the poor stepchild of the U.S. electric industry. Although early-generation plants were based on DC technology, it was soon deemed uneconomical to transmit electricity over long distances, but it now appears poised for a change. Both the increasing technical potential and changing economics of HVDC lines promise a growing role in the future. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. Source

Zachariades N.A.,Duane Morris LLP
Stem Cells and Development

The topic of stem cells for use in regenerative medicine, especially embryonic stem cells, inspires much debate, discussion, and outrage as it slices through the very core moral values of society. These social and moral issues have, in turn, resulted in government policies that have influenced the study of stem cells in regenerative medicine. Source

Swichar J.L.,Duane Morris LLP
Healthcare financial management : journal of the Healthcare Financial Management Association

Providers should undertake four steps to prepare for a RAC audit: Undertake a self-assessment. Resolve potential overpayments and false claims implications. Set a reserve. Prepare for a timely response to record requests. Source

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