This post was written by Paul Sheives. FDA and FCC will hold a joint public meeting to discuss regulatory issues arising from the convergence of wireless technology and healthcare devices on July 26 and 27, 2010. The meeting is formally entitled: “Enabling the Convergence of Communications and Medical Systems: Ways to Update Regulatory and Information Processes.” The purpose of this meeting is, among other things, to discuss ways to promote investment and innovation in health technology by streamlining government processes. With public input, the agencies hope to identify the challenges and risks posed by the emergence of medical implants and other devices that use radio communications to function. The information gathered will be used to enhance coordination between the FDA and the FCC for healthcare devices and applications and clarify the respective areas of expertise and jurisdiction between the agencies. A list of specific topics on which the agencies are seeking input can be accessed online. Registration to attend the meeting (and to make an oral presentation, if desired) closes July 19, 2010. FDA is also accepting written comments on issues relating specifically to the meeting agenda until June 25, 2010, and general comments until August 16, 2010.