Continua Health Alliance Releases 2011 Design Guidelines

Continua Health Alliance announced the ratification of its 2011 Design Guidelines today.  The Alliance, the international non-profit, open industry organization of leading healthcare and technology companies has been busy outlining industry standards and specifications to improve user identification guidance on the Wide Area Network (WAN) interface and consent management on the Health Record Network (HRN) interface.

In addition, the 2011 Guidelines incorporate the following new features:

·         Bluetooth® Low Energy temperatures sensor device profile.

·         ZigBee® networking functionality extended to enable a single Sensor-Local Area Network (Sensor-LAN) device to communicate with multiple Application Hosting Devices at the same time.

The Alliance further enhances its complete personal connected healthcare solution

BEAVERTON, Ore. – September 1, 2011 –Continua Health Alliance, the international non-profit, open industry organization of leading healthcare and technology companies, today announced the release of its 2011 Design Guidelines. The new Guidelines further enhance the pathway for complete solutions based on Continua-certified products and services.

The release of the 2011 Guidelines is the latest milestone demonstrating Continua’s commitment to cultivate and enrich the ecosystem of personal connected healthcare solutions. This supports the Alliance’s vision of empowering individuals and organizations to better manage their health and wellness by connecting seamlessly with their healthcare providers.

The updated design guidelines outline industry standards and new specifications selected by the Alliance for devices, services and communication standards to ensure interoperability, further elaborate on Continua-specific implementations and clarify options in underlying standards or specifications. The limited release is currently available to members, allowing them first-hand access to the international technology standards that the Alliance is founded upon.

 Continua 2011 Guidelines incorporate the following new features:

·         Bluetooth® Low Energy temperatures sensor device profile.

·         ZigBee® networking functionality extended to enable a single Sensor-Local Area Network (Sensor-LAN) device to communicate with multiple Application Hosting Devices at the same time.

·         Improved user identification guidance on the Wide Area Network (WAN) interface.

·         Improved consent management and non-repudiation on the Health Record Network (HRN) interface.

Continua members may download the 2011 Design Guidelines at the following link:

http://members.continuaalliance.org/kws/resources/presentations/Continua_2011_Guidelines.pdf

About Continua Health Alliance

Continua Health Alliance is an international non-profit, open industry organization of healthcare and technology companies collaborating to improve the quality of personal healthcare. With more than 240 member companies around the world, Continua is dedicated to establishing a system of interoperable personal connected health solutions with the knowledge that extending those solutions into the home fosters independence, empowers individuals and provides the opportunity for truly personalized health and wellness management. For more information visit: www.continuaalliance.org.