Continua Health Alliance 2012 Design Guidelines Now Available Free To Developers; First To Feature Bluetooth Smart Technology

    Continua Health Alliance 2012 Design Guidelines Now Available Free To
           Developers; First To Feature Bluetooth Smart Technology

PR Newswire

BEAVERTON, Ore., Dec. 12, 2012

BEAVERTON, Ore., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Continua Health Alliance today
announced the availability of its most recent 2012 Design Guidelines to the
public as a free download. These Design Guidelines were previously available
only to Continua members during Interoperability Testing. Continua is the
international industry organization dedicated to advancing personal connected
health by promoting end-to-end, plug-and-play connectivity of personal health
devices and establishing industry standards for interoperability.

For the first time, Continua's 2012 Guidelines include products that
incorporate Bluetooth Smart, the low energy technology at the heart of the
Bluetooth v4.0 specification. The ultra-low power consumption, security and
reliability of Bluetooth Smart products makes them ideally suited for health
and fitness devices, vital signs monitoring systems (i.e., heart rate, blood
pressure, temperature) or on-body sensors.

"Bluetooth Smart Continua-ready devices and systems use a fraction of the
power of Bluetooth Classic and, in many cases, will not require recharging for
over a year," said Clint McClellan, Continua board president and chairman, and
senior director of strategic marketing, Qualcomm Life, Inc., a subsidiary of
Qualcomm Incorporated. "This is particularly significant for health and
wellness monitoring programs as it brings us one step closer to creating an
ecosystem of plug-and-play products for health self-management and health care
delivery."

Continua is currently developing its 2013 Design Guidelines, which will become
available to Continua members in January, and will undergo internal
interoperability testing. Continua expects to release the 2013 Design
Guidelines to the public in the fall.

Continua Design Guidelines are developed by Continua and complete an eight
month, internal pilot program before public release. Each set of Guidelines is
subject to interoperability testing to ensure Continua certified products and
services, such as smart phones, gateways and remote monitoring devices,
connect to other products or systems without restrictions or specific
implementation. Continua issued its original Design Guidelines in 2008 and
2010, and is working to release additional Design Guidelines each year.

"Our Design Guidelines make the collection and sharing of personal health data
convenient and secure for consumers and health care providers, and are proven
to decrease time-to-market and reduce development costs," added McClellan.

Continua Health Alliance also provides free test tools and access to Certified
Continua Experts (CCEs) to help members certify their products, and offers a
testing and certification program that actively supports technology teams
seeking certification. Certified products display a recognizable logo that
signifies interoperability according to industry standards. Continua
certification enables more efficient, standardized development and new market
opportunities for interoperable products such as smart phones, dedicated
wireless hubs, the Internet and personal health devices that can be used to
collect and relay vital health information and education.

About Continua Health Alliance
Continua Health Alliance (Continua) is an international not-for-profit
industry organization enabling end-to-end, plug-and-play connectivity of
personal health devices and services. These services will empower
information-driven health self-management and facilitate the incorporation of
health and wellness into the day-to-day lives of consumers. Continua is a
pioneer in establishing standards-based guidelines and security for connected
health technologies such as smartphones, gateways and remote monitoring
devices through its Guideline releases. The Alliance's activities include a
certification and brand support program, events and collaborations to support
technology and clinical innovation, and outreach to employers, payers,
governments and care providers. With approximately 200 member companies
reaching across the globe, Continua is comprised of technology, medical device
and healthcare industry leaders and service providers dedicated to making
personal connected health a reality. For more information visit:
www.continuaalliance.org.

SOURCE Continua Health Alliance

Website: http://www.continuaalliance.org
Contact: Gina Cella, Cella Communications, 781 334-4692, ginacella@comcast.net
 
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