m-Health Real Time: Public Safety Broadband Spectrum in the Bands 758-763 MHz and 788-793 MHz (D Block) and 763-768 MHz and 793 - 798 MHz (PSBB Block): Briefing note for stakeholders
April 2, 2013


Briefing Note for Circulation to key decision makers & stakeholders on the
m-Health Real Time Campaign integral to the outcome of consultation on a Policy, Technical and Licensing Framework for use of the Public Safety Broadband Spectrum in the Bands 758-763 MHz and 788-793 MHz (D Block) and 763 -768 MHz and 793 - 798 MHz (PSBB Block), known as the SMSE-007- 12 file

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It is important to consider that the Healthcare community does not have a land mobile history associated with dispatch infrastructure similar to the one that has supported police, fire and EMS since early in the 20th century. 

Yet Healthcare now, in keeping up with the mobile digital broadband revolution of the 21st century, has safety and operational requirements for ubiquitous mobile broadband, with very high quality of service (Q.o.S) similar to the ones that evolved from the basic RF dispatch era in public safety.

That is why RF spectrum and broadband mobile infrastructure have not been on the forefront of Healthcare agenda, as they have been on that of public safety. 

Healthcare is structured quite differently from police, fire or EMS, and is under provincial budgets. Medical operating standards are centralized and controlled by the Federal and Provincial governments, yet the attention to the needs of a "Medical Grade" high quality of service (Q.o.S) broadband mobile infrastructure has not been identified as an opportunity to be addressed in these proceedings. Medical devices, approved by Health Canada, that operate both locally and over wide area RF media, need the same reliability, resolution and speed characteristics  as police in-car communication’ devices.

The SMSE-007-12 process did not come to the medical operators’ attention.

We believe they simply did not know about it. 

It seems that, for example, the real-time interoperability requirements between EMS personnel and the rest of Healthcare (hospital personnel, doctors in clinics, homecare workers, etc.) and other public safety agencies have not been addressed by the Healthcare communities in these proceedings, simply because they did not know that it was going on.

Surely the need to have real- time on -going broadband direct communications from a scene of an accident with injured patients to medical experts in hospitals, as well as telemetry and video  en-rout to the hospital would have been addressed. 

CATA, in its campaign (see link below) continues to inform and encourage feedback from provincial and federal Healthcare authorities.

http://www.cata.ca/Media_and_Events/Press_Releases/cata_pr02181301.html 

Industry Canada, as the Ministry responsible for the fiel can obtain significant relevant information, confirming the research presented in our submissions, directly from the Healthcare communities, if it invites federal and provincial Healthcare authorities to submit comments in the next round consultation on this file. This will be particularly important, if the provincial and federal Healthcare authorities will be eligible for a subordinate licensing process, and would participate in the P.P.P (Public Private Partnership) funding of the deployment undertakings. 

Our goal is to work with partners In the public and private sectors to facilitate a regulatory regime that will insure early deployment of dedicated, high quality of service (Q.o.S) mobile broadband networks, for PRTSS (Public Real-Time Social Services) across the country.

Such a regime will include provincial and federal Healthcare providers (as licensees; similar to municipal EMS) to operate with 21stcentury digital tools for the benefit and safety of all Canadians.

++ Action Requested: please post this briefing note on your social media and also reach out to your key contacts in Canada’s Healthcare community and ask them to review the briefing note and engage in advancing the Campaign.

 Contacts:

Mike Keddar, member, CATAAlliance National Leadership Council
& Advocacy Lead for m-Health Real Time

John Reid, CATA CEO
jreid@cata.ca
 

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