ZigBee Alliance teams up with ATA

Clearly wireless technologies' importance to the telemedicine industry is growing. Here's more evidence: The ZigBee Alliance and the American Telemedicine Association announced an agreement today to work together to evangelize ZigBee technology's use cases for the healthcare industry. ATA plans to promote ZigBee to a number of groups, including "traditional medicine, academic medical centers, technology and telecommunications companies, e-health, medical societies and government," according to the organizations' press release.

The ZigBee Alliance and the American Telemedicine Association to Collaborate on Advancing Use of Telehealth Solutions

Groups will educate health care professionals and consumers on wireless health care solutions

SAN RAMON, Calif. and WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 / -- The ZigBee Alliance and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) will educate both health care professionals and consumers on benefits of telecommunications technologies as part of a new liaison agreement announced today. The groups will focus on the many capabilities of ZigBee Health Care, an open standard for secure monitoring and management of noncritical, low-acuity health care and wellness services.

Global health round-up: Microsoft, DataDyne

Microsoft has launched awards for mobile health solutions in Africa: “We propose to demonstrate the potential of mobile phones to enable the delivery of healthcare-related services on the African continent. We invite Africa-based researchers to apply for grants of cash to conduct one-year studies. Successful proposals will use Microsoft technologies and may also employ the capability of a mobile phone to interface with other devices, such as specialist medical hardware.