May 21, 2009
Has Bluetooth already won the race to wirelessly connect medical devices?
Currently, Bluetooth's Health Device Profile is the only wireless technology specification that the interoperability group Continua Health Alliance has included in its guidelines, however, last month the Alliance met in Spain to begin the process of deciding which other wireless technologies should be included. The group...
April 29, 2009
While at the CTIA event in Las Vegas earlier this month, the BNET.TV news team was kind enough to ask me to discuss the emerging opportunity for wireless companies looking to enter the healthcare and fitness industries. During the 10 minute clip we discuss device interoperability, iPhone 3.0, Jitterbug, Continua Health Alliance, Cardionet, LifeScan and more.
(One caveat: The Continua Health...
April 27, 2009
You can expect the Continua Health Alliance to announce two new certified products by next week, Rick Cnossen, chairman of the alliance's technical working group, told attendees at the American Telemedicine Association event here in Las Vegas. Cnossen said that one of the products will also be the first Bluetooth-enabled Continua-certified product to hit the market. So far, Continua has only...
April 23, 2009
Low-power Bluetooth connections are set to enable even more health functionalities for the mobile phone, according to Nick Hunn over at Creative Connectivity. Hunn recently attended a Bluetooth conference in Tokyo, Japan, which included the first public demos of the new Bluetooth low energy standard.
"The exciting aspect of Bluetooth low energy is its ability to enable low cost devices to be...
April 20, 2009
The Continua Health Alliance's Executive Director Chuck Parker moderated a few sessions at the World Health Care Congress last week in Washington D.C. and also gave a brief presentation on the Alliance's mandate. Interestingly, Parker revealed that Continua is considering the television set-top box as one potential hub for wireless health devices.
Continua is an organization created as a non-...
April 3, 2009
At the BodyNets conference here in Los Angeles, Rice University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Lin Zhong just shared a quick synopsis of two of his institution's wireless health projects: childhood obesity monitoring and oral hygiene monitoring.
Zhong described a pilot program Rice carried out to monitor obese children's activity levels and how they correlate to...
March 27, 2009
This past week Sensium, the Zigbee Alliance, ANT+, Bluetooth Low Energy, BodyLAN (used in Nike+) and Z-Wave each presented their short range wireless technologies to the Continua Health Alliance at a summit in Barcelona, Spain. The technologies are candidates for the radio technologies selections that the Alliance is making for its Version 2 guidelines. Continua is looking to add guidelines for...
March 20, 2009
After this week's big announcement from Apple that the iPhone will soon be able to connect to medical devices via Bluetooth, we thought it'd be a good idea to check-in with the Continua Health Alliance, which is working to ensure interoperability for connected personal medical devices. Earlier today, mobihealthnews caught up with Continua Health Alliance President David Whitlinger to discuss the...
March 18, 2009
Following up on yesterday's top story: Apple's iPhone 3.0 update, which included a number of mHealth implications, we caught up with LifeScan's Director of Communications Dave Detmers today. Detmers discussed the company's demo at Apple's event yesterday and fleshed out the background story on its Bluetooth-enabled blood glucose monitor that synchs up with the iPhone 3.0 OS. LifeScan is a Johnson...
March 17, 2009
As I predicted last week, Apple announced this afternoon new features of the iPhone OS 3.0 platform that will enable a new host of mobile health applications, devices and services. Today's event at Apple's headquarters included speakers from LifeScan, a Johnson&Johnson company, as well as advanced functionality for connecting accessories like medical devices via USB and Bluetooth (Continua,...