I was talking with someone in the industry who pointed me to this PDF file on Philips Medical Systems' web site. This electronic brochure for Philips' IntelliVue Telemetry System was remarkable for the use of the 2.4GHz band (still DECT though). My curiosity aroused, I looked further and found this PDF, touting the IntelleVue 802.11a/g infrastructure.
No, according to the Philips marketing manager I spoke with, they are not going to be among the many vendors to announce 802.11a support at HIMSS next week. These are their products for the ROW - that's "rest of world" in vendor lingo, or ABH "anywhere but here" for those who don't want to buy a separate and proprietary wireless infrastructure just for your patient monitors. Since other countries don't have dedicated frequency bands for medical telemetry, Philips must use other frequencies for their patient monitors. And yet, the following text is interesting:
Tim! I just googled onto one of your postings.. How are you?? Are you coming up to Van. for eHealth? Iâ€™ll be at SIIM.. Nice to see your smilijng face ðŸ™‚
No wonder Philips is pulling the 2.4ghz telemetry from the US market. Because the US has protected freqâ€™s for medical telemetry already.