The Continua Health Alliance, a not-for-profit consortium of healthcare information technology companies and medical device manufacturers seeking to harmonize data transmission standards usage for home health appliances, has chosen two wireless technology standards for the second version of its Continua Health Alliance Design Guidelines, the organization announced today.
The two standards are Bluetooth, low-energy wireless technology, pending a final specification of the standard; and ZigBee Health Care technology. The Bluetooth standard will allow low-power mobile devices, such as heart-rate sensors, to communicate with other wireless devices. The low-energy technology extends the current Continua v.1 guidelines, which also specified Bluetooth technology, to allow Continua to deliver expanded use cases including devices that not only promote personal fitness and wellness but also would enable patients with chronic conditions to be monitored and live independently at home.
Development of the ZigBee Health Care technology allows multiple wireless devices to operate in one location without Wi-Fi interference, according to a Continua news release. The technology can support thousands of devices in a network, including recreation centers, retirement communities, hospitals and nursing homes, the release said.
The 3-year-old Continua consortium issued its first-generation guidelines earlier this year. So far, only one device, a pulse oximeter, has been certified by Continua as compliant with those guidelines, although officials for the organization say as many as 10 devices could be certified by the end of the year.
The v.2 guidelines that will include the two new wireless standards are expected to be released in the first half of 2010, the release said.