August 31, 2009
Continua teams with IHE Continua has teamed up with the IHE to work on "standards harmonization" for device interoperability. Continua's Executive Director Rick Cnossen: "The Continua Health Alliance appreciates the opportunity HITSP has afforded to work with IHE to provide a harmonized approach for the Remote Patient Monitoring Use Case with an open architecture, international, standards-based...
August 4, 2009
Diabetes management tools just got a step closer to medical device interoperability.
A few hours after news broke that A&D Medical's Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure cuff and Bluetooth-enabled weight scale had received Continua Health Alliance's stamp of interoperability, the organization announced that Roche Diagnostics' Accu-Chek Smart Pix Device Reader, which currently interfaces with...
August 4, 2009
The Continua Health Alliance just certified two new Bluetooth-enabled medical devices for interoperability: San Jose-based A&D Medical's Bluetooth blood pressure monitor and weight scale. Continua's stamp of interoperability means that the devices will work with other Continua certified products, which enables users to know at the point of purchase that their medical devices will be able to...
July 23, 2009
According to a recent report from ABI Research, wearable wireless sensors are set to grow to more than 400 million devices by 2014. The research firm believes demand will come from professional healthcare, home healthcare and sports and fitness markets, but each market will develop at different speeds and support different applications.
ABI estimates that the sports and fitness market represents...
July 21, 2009
The Continua Health Alliance has added three companies to its board of directors: Qualcomm, Ascension Health and CA. The industry alliance of now more than 200 healthcare and technology companies works to ensure global interoperability between personal telehealth solutions.
Continua's board of directors already includes representation from Cisco, Intel, Medtronic, Kaiser Permanente, Panasonic,...
July 20, 2009
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced last week plans to temporarily halt 45 IT projects that are either behind schedule or over budget to assess whether the VA should continue pursuing them. The VA determined using its Program Management Accountability System (PMAS) that the projects had missed some of their customer delivery dates and therefore probably had issues that needed to be...
July 9, 2009
Global wireless sensor networking services, including home health initiatives and smart grids, will be a $6 billion market worldwide by 2012, according research firm ON World.
"Two years ago home owners were installing wood floors and pools but today they are installing in-home energy management and health systems," says Mareca Hatler, ON World research director. "This trend is being driven by...
June 23, 2009
The Continua Health Alliance, a consortium of wireless and medical companies, which aim to create an interoperable ecosystem of medical devices and systems, has been busy this year. After announcing its first two Continua-certified products, the Alliance also announced two new wireless technologies for its Version 2 guidelines: ZigBee and Bluetooth Low Energy. Most of the devices under Continua's...
June 23, 2009
The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) may be a national nonprofit organization that represents 5,000 not-for-profit nursing homes, retirement communities, assisted living residences and senior housing communities, but it's President and CEO said he still knows a thing or two about Twitter. AAHSA's Larry Minnix told attendees at the Healthcare Unbound event here in...
June 10, 2009
As we reported earlier this week, Continua Health Alliance selected the upcoming Bluetooth Low Energy technology for its second version of guidelines for medical device interoperability. Continua tapped Bluetooth LE for personal area network (PAN) devices, which include activity monitors and heart rate sensors and other mobile solutions that typically connect to a user's cell phone. Continua also...