Continua Health Alliance

By Brian Dolan 04:55 am March 23, 2010
After the What's Next Boomer Business Summit a group of some 50 representatives from aging technology firms met up for the first open meeting of the Aging Technology Alliance, also called AgeTek. The group originally formed in Janurary after the Silvers Summit at the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas. What's particularly interesting about AgeTek is that its board of advisors are decidedly...
By Brian Dolan 08:53 pm February 28, 2010
The Continua Health Alliance, a consortium of more than 220 organizations working to enable interoperability between personal medical devices, noted in a recent newsletter that the FDA believes new laws for connected health device regulations are neither likely nor needed. The revelation came after Continua hosted a pow-wow with industry folks at FDA head quarters last month -- MobiHealthNews...
By Brian Dolan 11:34 am December 17, 2009
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, which develops technical specs and evangelizes Bluetooth technology, announced today the formal launch of Bluetooth Low Energy, a part of the Bluetooth 4.0 specification. Bluetooth Low Energy has already garnered the support of the Continua Health Alliance, a consortium of more than 220 companies working on interoperability for personal medical devices and...
By Brian Dolan 06:23 am November 12, 2009
By Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director, Bluetooth SIG With 20 million devices in the marketplace today, Bluetooth technology is already the de facto wireless standard for health and fitness devices. Whether the device is a defibrillator, weight scale, heart rate belt, glucose meter or a Wii Fit Balance Board, manufacturers have been enthusiastic in choosing Bluetooth technology as their...
By Brian Dolan 05:18 am November 10, 2009
The engineering publication EDN did some digging into lobbying efforts by the Continua Health Alliance and how the group's executive director and his team convinced lawmakers to include remote monitoring in the healthcare bill, which recently passed the House of Representatives and has moved to the Senate. We had heard from many larger tech companies in the wireless health industry that Continua'...
By Brian Dolan 01:12 am October 21, 2009
Texas Instruments unveiled a Bluetooth LE (low energy) cell demo during a Bluetooth conference in Germany this week. Texas Instruments claimed that the device will consume so little power that it would allow wireless connectivity to run on devices for very long periods of time: A small button cell battery, for example, could power a device without recharging for more than a year, TI said. The...
By Brian Dolan 08:51 am October 2, 2009
Continua Health Alliance adds another company: ZeroG Wireless has joined the Continua Health Alliance. The company's low power "Wi-Fi I/O" solutions is targeting embedded systems, including "microcontroller-based systems that have limited processing power, few memory resources, and minimal or no operating systems," the company stated in a release. More NetMotion Wireless has promoted two...
By Brian Dolan 05:16 am September 22, 2009
FCC's Open Internet threatens telemedicine? A PBS Nightly Business Report yesterday noted that the new FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski's plans for an open Internet could end up stunting growth in telemedicine or wireless health services. AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are worried that proposed FCC requirements to treat all web traffic equally will prevent them from effectively managing their...
By Brian Dolan 06:18 am September 4, 2009
UK-based publication, The Engineer, has a short and sweet commentary that raises the issue of privacy -- but not in the regulatory, protect-my-health-data sense. The brief editorial wonders where the line should be drawn for remote monitoring of older relatives and friends. The Engineer reported on A&D Medical's Bluetooth blood pressure cuff and Bluetooth-enabled weight scale attaining...
By Brian Dolan 09:36 am September 2, 2009
There has been a highly speculative and questionable rumor floating around that Philips is interested in buying wireless cardiac monitoring company CardioNet. The company has had a string of bad news lately as Highmark Medicare Services officially reduced reimbursement for the company's services starting yesterday. CardioNet is also facing class action lawsuits related to the reimbursement cut....