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Top Healthcare Organizations Embrace Windows 8 to Advance Patient Care

At HIMSS13, providers such as Pediatric Associates showcase promise of Windows 8 to meet the productivity, collaboration and security needs of the healthcare industry.

NEW ORLEANS — March 4, 2013 — At the HIMSS13 Annual Conference and Exhibition, Microsoft Corp. today announced new healthcare customers and partners that showcased Windows 8 solutions as part of a comprehensive approach to meeting mobility, productivity and collaboration goals within hospital and practice settings. With more than 850 health apps currently in the Windows Store available to healthcare providers, Windows 8 offers a platform for the next generation of apps poised to change the way the healthcare organizations connect with each other and patients, enabling a more integrated and patient-centric health system.

“Healthcare organizations are under increasing pressure to deliver improved quality of care, provide better access for more patients and lower costs, while tackling productivity and workforce shortage challenges,” said Michael Robinson, general manager, U.S. Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft. “Microsoft offers the necessary secure communication, collaboration and workflow technologies that complement existing EHR solutions, transforming the practice of medicine from provider-centered piecework to patient-centered teamwork.”

Microsoft is collaborating with Intel and Cleveland Clinic to explore proof-of-concept deployments of Windows 8 line-of-business apps in a clinical setting. Cleveland Clinic is exploring the capabilities of Windows 8 and new Intel-powered mobile devices that enable clinicians to view a risk-stratified list of patients and call up their latest medical information.

“For constantly multitasking clinicians, the Windows 8 interface offers flexibility to use both the touch screen and keyboard on a range of fast, powerful new Intel-based mobile devices,” said Mark Blatt, M.D., medical director for Intel’s worldwide health IT group. “Healthcare organizations no longer need to compromise when it comes to mobile health workflows because today’s innovative designs enable clinicians to instantly convert from tablet to laptop mode.”

Pediatric Associates recognizes the continuing need to provide innovative ways in delivering key medical information to our providers while caring for patients. This pilot enables them to meet this need by seamlessly delivering protected health information in the Greenway PrimeMOBILE app via Windows 8 devices wherever the clinician or patient may be.

“As a physician-owned practice with seven clinical locations and over 80 providers seeing 250,000 patient visits per year, we are focused on leveraging technology as a tool in providing quality patient care. Through our partnership with Microsoft, Intel and Greenway, we engaged in a pilot project to assess the potential of Windows 8, in combination with Greenway’s PrimeMOBILE EHR app, in supplying a mobile solution to an ever-growing mobile patient demographic,” said Brock Morris, chief information officer, Pediatric Associates Inc., PS. “Through the intuitive nature and enhanced security of Windows 8 and the PrimeMOBILE app, our providers can gain ready access to the patient’s full medical chart, providing a tremendous help to our patients by taking the burden off the family and by allowing our physicians to efficiently and accurately access the necessary medical information regardless of the point of care.”

Windows 8 and its broad network of apps, which are inherently secure, are bringing value to healthcare providers by connecting enterprise apps and consumer experiences together in a way that is unique to the industry. Microsoft and its partner ecosystem unveiled a range of new enterprise apps that connect to Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), apps for mobile physicians and nurses to access Clinical Reference information and Business to Consumer apps aimed at empowering consumers to better manage their health.

Electronic Medical Record Apps

Clinicians and nurses are leveraging Electronic Medical Record (EMR) apps to access patient information securely in a healthcare setting, allowing them to make more informed decisions about patient health, collaborate more effectively across teams and improve the overall health outcomes of patients.

• Greenway developed the PrimeMOBILE app for Windows 8, which provides complete remote access to patient data housed in Greenway’s EHR solution, allowing providers to view patient history and problem lists, progress notes, and appointment schedules encompassing a healthcare provider’s entire patient population in a secure manner. PrimeMOBILE, a business-to-business app, gives physicians and other clinicians access to the most-common functionality of the Greenway PrimeSUITE EHR.

“To truly deliver the most effective care possible, providers need anywhere, anytime access to comprehensive information,” said Johnathan Samples, executive vice president, Research and Development, Greenway Medical. “PrimeMOBILE allows physicians and other caregivers to easily and securely leverage the rich patient data within our PrimeSUITE EHR solution as they direct care from virtually any location. With the growing popularity of Windows 8, we’re pleased to deliver this access on the Windows 8 platform so our providers have another user-friendly tool, working together to improve population health.”

• Pariscribe’s Windows 8 EMR business-to-business app, the EMR Surface, transforms the clinical documentation process. “The tile-based UX design and incorporation of core contracts native to Windows 8 have enabled our development of a feature-rich application that transcends the typical user experience in the medical applications,” said Manny Abraham, president and CEO of Pariscribe. “Pariscribe clinical documentation leverages all the advantages that Windows 8 and touch-enabled mobile devices can offer customers who want a more user-friendly system.”

• MazikCARE, a business-to-business app for Windows 8, is the fully integrated EMR solution for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Available as a hosted or cloud solution, the MazikCARE Windows 8 app delivers full healthcare IT functionality, including ambulatory and inpatient processing, revenue cycles, medical billing, scheduling, and more. MazikCARE is an intuitive Windows 8 app that cuts down on employee training time, lowers costs, increases return on investment and is the only EMR/ERP solution offering full Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 capability on Windows 8.

Further, EMR providers from Epic to AllScripts are showcasing their integration with Windows 8 at HIMSS.

Clinical Reference Apps

Physicians are constantly on the go, moving between patients and from the hospital to the physicians’ offices. Clinical reference apps enable physicians to access information and make evidence-based recommendations about patient care.

UpToDate allows providers to find clinical answers at the point of care or anywhere they need them by allowing them to access current, synthesized clinical information from UpToDate, including evidence-based recommendations, quickly and easily on a Windows 8 phone or Windows 8 tablet.

• The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality developed a Windows 8 version of its Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) app, which is designed to help primary care clinicians identify the screening, counseling and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients. ePSS brings information on clinical preventive services that clinicians need, recommendations, clinical considerations, and selected practice tools, to the point of care.

Consumer Health Apps

Windows 8 applications are also empowering patients to be more engaged as active participants in their own health.

• Johnson & Johnson Services Inc. has partnered with Microsoft on the launch of the Digital Health Scorecard app for Windows 8. The Scorecard aims to address the growing prevalence of chronic diseases around the world by introducing the concept of a personal health score. The health score is a new, consumer-friendly metric that can be quickly calculated by answering just seven questions about essential health behaviors and measures. It’s like a “credit score” for your health. “The app helps people recognize where they currently stand with their health,” said Michael Weinberger, director of Marketplace Innovation at Johnson & Johnson. “But just as important, it gives them the critical insight they need to have conversations with their doctor and begin making the changes that can lead to longer, healthier, happier lives.”

• The CDC application is a way for consumers to access health information at their fingertips, featuring important health articles, popular journals, timely updates and access to social media to coincide with important health concerns and events that consumers can use to protect their lives and loved ones.

• Mayo Clinic offers a free app called Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy, which is available in the Windows Store. Available for desktop, laptop and tablet users on the Windows 8 platform, Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy is a trustworthy guide to pregnancy, childbirth and baby’s first three months. It was developed by Mayo Clinic to leverage the medical and lifestyle expertise of a team of Mayo’s pregnancy experts in obstetrics and gynecology, genetics, nutrition, midwifery, and lactation.

“Getting pregnant and becoming a parent are among the most significant experiences in a person’s life and can be overwhelming,” said Roger Harms, M.D., a Mayo Clinic specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, and senior medical director for operations in Mayo Clinic’s Global Business Solutions division. “Windows 8 provided an easy-to-use platform for Mayo Clinic to develop an app to guide consumers from conception to delivery, and see them through the first three months with their newborn to give them peace of mind and enhance their sense of wonder throughout the experience.”

• A Microsoft HealthVault app for Windows 8 will soon be available to consumers in the Windows Store. HealthVault enables consumers to collect, store and securely share their personal health information, and connects to hundreds of third-party services and devices that make it easy to keep that information up to date. The new app brings this critical family information to life with a modern, touch-first user experience on Surface and other Windows 8 devices.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

March 4, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Dell Works With Red Hat, Intel and VMware To Launch Center of Excellence for Hospitals Using Epic EHR Software

New Linux-based deployment option designed to provide more flexibility, while delivering operational efficiency for EHR customers

·         Open platform sets stage for improved interoperability through industry standards

NEW ORLEANS, March 4, 2013 – Dell has joined forces with Red Hat, Intel and VMware to open a dedicated center where hospitals can test and deploy a new option for running Epic Systems’ electronic health records (EHR) software on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The DRIVE (Dell, Red Hat, Intel and VMware for Epic) Center of Excellence is located near the EHR vendor’s Verona, Wis., headquarters.

 

Last year, Epic added Red Hat Enterprise Linux to its list of target platforms. Until then, the software exclusively ran on AIX and other UNIX servers. With the potential lower total cost of ownership of running the software on Dell Intel x86 servers, this combination could be a cost-effective option for hospitals.

At the DRIVE Center of Excellence, hospitals can test their applications on a variety of Dell server and storage options, test configurations for end-user computing, perform cross-functional testing of other optimized solutions such as help desk services and disaster recovery, and interact with all the primary third parties involved in a Linux deployment.

A legacy of expertise

Dell and the other companies in this effort each have a strong history in supporting open standards and migrating customers from complex proprietary environments. In addition to hardware, Dell provides a full range of professional services and support for every stage of EHR deployment backed by technical and clinical experts with deep expertise in working with a variety of EHR vendors.

VMware vSphere® is the leading KLAS-rated x86 virtualization platform in healthcare. vSphere provides hospitals with an industry proven virtualization platform for delivering powerful solutions from the point of care to the hospital’s datacenter.

Red Hat will provide hospitals with the premium support services they need to meet the 24×7 demands placed on an EHR system. As the world’s leading open source platform for enterprises, Red Hat Enterprise Linux offers healthcare customers a standards-based, cost-effective yet highly flexible and powerful solution.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

More small- to mid-size hospitals are using Linux to run key applications as they see the benefits of using open source versus proprietary platforms, including cost savings and improved interoperability.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, a 431-bed hospital and health system in Syracuse, N.Y., turned to the DRIVE team for help in implementing Epic on Linux as part of a 16-month conversion of the hospital’s EHR system. Working closely with both the hospital and Epic, the companies are making the best use of St. Joseph’s current infrastructure and resources to build a test and training environment as well as preparing to deploy the full production system. In addition to training and planning assistance, the DRIVE team will provide ongoing support to fine-tune the system for optimal performance.

“Using VMware and Red Hat Enterprise Linux to run Epic’s database on Dell’s x86 servers will not only significantly reduce hardware costs, but also will simplify our environment and allow our IT staff to focus on delivering the best user experience for our clinicians,” said Chris Snow, manager of IT systems engineering for St. Joseph Hospital Health Center. “We are confident that Dell and its partners have the deep experience required for this type of complex implementation.”

 

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

New Health IT Innovation Awards Announced by NCHICA and Intel

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC (February 7, 2013 ) — The North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance, Inc. (NCHICA) and Intel Corporation have announced a new series of  Health IT Innovation Awards to recognize outstanding applications of technology and unique approaches to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery within the United States. Three broad categories have been designated for award consideration: Information Technology, Informatics/Analytics, and Consumer Engagement.

“Intel has a long history of industry leadership and the development of game-changing technologies intended to spur innovation and enable realization of a trusted, integrated, people-centered healthcare system for the 21st century and beyond,” said Dan Rivera, area director, government, education and medical region, Intel Corporation.  “There is a breadth of innovation taking place and we look forward to highlighting these new and exciting technologies.”

“Through these awards, we seek to showcase innovations that accelerate the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system,” said Holt Anderson, executive director of NCHICA. “This fits with the mission of NCHICA, and we are proud to partner with Intel and other industry leaders on this important initiative.”

Nominations are due by March 8, 2013. Three finalists in each category will be selected by a panel of NCHICA members and other industry experts serving on the Awards Selection Committee. Nine finalists will be notified on March 29. The finalists will be recognized and the three winners will be announced and honored at a Gala Awards Celebration on May 7, 2013.  For further details and nominating criteria, visit http://www.nchica.org/HITNomination.pdf.

About NCHICA:

NCHICA is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to assisting NCHICA members in accelerating the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system through the effective use of information technology, informatics and analytics. Members include leading organizations in healthcare, research and information technology. For more information, visit www.nchica.org.

About Intel Corporation:

Intel brings its trademark innovation and game-changing technologies to the challenges facing healthcare in the 21st century. Independently and through strategic ecosystem partnerships, Intel helps enable trusted, community-based, customized care that improves outcomes, addresses costs, and drives global wellness. www.intel.com/healthcare

February 14, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Academic and Industry Leaders Team Up To Develop Next Generation Medical Imaging Technology – #HIMSS12

As HIMSS rounds out the week in Las Vegas, a quick riddle: What happens when some of the most recognizable brand names in college football join forces with two of the world’s leading industries to develop a breakthrough medical imaging technology? The answer: Veo.

Veo is GE’s new CT image reconstruction technology that provides high quality diagnostic images at unheard of low dose levels. Developed in partnership with researchers from Notre Dame, Purdue and the University of Michigan, as well as experts from Intel and GE Healthcare, Veo is changing the CT game globally by helping physicians get closer to GE’s goal of routine CT imaging at under 1 millisievert (mSv) per exam with profound image clarity. Patient safety matters – and so does having the best research and development teams on the field.

For over a decade, GE Healthcare has partnered with academic researchers from Purdue, Notre Dame and Michigan, and experts from Intel, to develop Veo – the world’s first Model-Based Iterative Reconstruction (MBiR) technique. Available on GE’s Discovery* CT750 HD, Veo changes the rules of CT imaging by helping physicians provide accurate diagnoses with high quality images while enabling them to lower patients’ radiation dose levels.
Traditionally in CT, physicians have had to balance the desires for high image quality and low radiation dose levels. While high image quality often required greater patient exposure to diagnostic radiation, lower dose levels for the patient usually meant lower image clarity from higher noise and more artifacts. Veo helps to change the equation, and takes the next step toward GE’s goal of routine CT imaging at under 1 millisievert (mSv) per exam with profound image clarity. In comparison, traditional CT exams, depending on the exam and patient, expose the patient to anywhere from 2-15 mSv of effective radiation dose, while natural background radiation exposes the average American to around 3 mSv of radiation per year.
Veo’s advanced algorithm was crafted by Charles A. Bouman, Ph.D., professor at Purdue University, and Ken Sauer, Ph.D., associate professor at Notre Dame, in collaboration with Jiang Hsieh, Jean-Baptiste Thibault and Zhou Yu from GE Healthcare.  This collaborative research began in 2001, before iterative reconstruction was a major focus of medical imaging manufacturers. Ten years later, in late 2011, these three organizations signed an exclusive license agreement allowing Veo and the underlying MBiR technology to be commercialized by GE Healthcare.
“Conventional CT scanning takes thousands of views from different angles to ‘see’ 3D structures inside the body,” Dr. Bouman says. “However, Veo can form the same 3D image with much less X-ray exposure, or dosage, because it uses a computer algorithm called Model-Based Iterative Reconstruction (MBiR). MBiR solves an enormous puzzle to find the best 3D reconstruction so it can both reduce noise and create a much sharper image.”
Scientists from the University of Michigan (U-M) also contributed to the research behind Veo, and the U-M Health System recently became one of the first U.S. teaching hospitals to install Veo – enabling some CT scans using a fraction of the dose required for a conventional CT image.
Jeff Fessler, Ph.D., a U-M professor in the Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Radiology and Biomedical Engineering departments collaborated with GE on the project and explains how Veo is a new way of processing data. Using the MBiR technique, the technology employs sophisticated algorithms to produce clearer information from the existing X-ray data. A CT scan typically consists of thousands of cross-section images of the body that must be reconstructed from raw data. “It’s a staggering amount of data,” says Fessler. “And doctors can’t just look at the raw data; they need software to process it into a meaningful image.”
Once Veo’s revolutionary algorithm was established, GE partnered with Intel engineers to speed up CT image processing time from several days for one clinical case to now as fast as multiple cases in one hour. Intel’s processor performance helped allow increased throughput and, by extension, staff productivity – and ultimately helped make Veo practical in a variety of clinical settings.
“Using Intel® Xeon® Processor technology in commercial medical solutions, GE Healthcare has been able to achieve diagnostic images while helping to lower patients’ radiation dose levels significantly.” says Michelle Tinsley, Intel Personal Solutions General Manager.
Veo’s development and clinical potential reflect how GE Healthcare continues to work alongside leading academic institutions, cutting edge industry partners and healthcare professionals globally to find new ways to drive better outcomes and improve patient experience.

February 22, 2012 I Written By

New Integer Wireless Experience Center Empowers Enterprise Decision-Makers

The availability of full-featured mobile technology solutions as an attractive option means businesses today are far freer than they were only a few years ago to untether totally from traditional approaches to office communications.

Integer Wireless is at the forefront of helping businesses develop elegant, customized wireless solutions for their in-building office-communications needs, regardless of location. Its more than 1,000 in-building and campuswide projects have included businesses in health care, general enterprise, sports and entertainment venues, retail stores, government, hospitality and more.

What’s more, while Integer is both device- and carrier-agnostic, it enjoys go-to-market relationships with a “Who’s Who” list of top-shelf technology providers, including Cisco, Corning Mobile Access, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.

The latest is that Integer today will unveil plans to construct what it’s calling a Wireless Experience Center. The center, in Newport Beach Calif., will offer business people the opportunity to test-drive a wide variety of mix-and-match office-communications capabilities, equipment and providers to develop their own unique blends of capabilities and capacities to suit their individual needs.

Developed with Cisco, Corning Mobile Access and 10 other partners, the 10,000-square-foot facility provides a rare, hands-on opportunity to vet and custom-build in-building cellular and Wi-Fi solutions

Newport Beach, Calif. – May 10, 2011 – As the selection of wireless products, networks and services grows, so does the challenge of assembling a solution that meets each enterprise’s unique, frequently challenging in-building requirements. To help CIOs, IT managers and other decision-makers make smart choices, Integer Wireless today founded the Integer Wireless Experience Center, a 10,000-square-foot facility providing a rare, hands-on opportunity to test a wide variety of enterprise-grade wireless solutions from more than 100 vendors, application developers and service providers.

Over the past 16 years, Integer Wireless has led more than 1,000 in-building and campus-wide wireless projects for clients such as Apple, Coors Field, Denver Department of Health, Kaiser Permanente, Hoag Hospital, Hyatt, Intel, NASA and Walmart. The company specializes in designing, installing and optimizing vendor-, operator- and technology-agnostic wireless solutions for a variety of verticals, including health care, general enterprise, sports and entertainment venues, retail stores, government and hospitality.

Developed in partnership with Cisco, Corning Mobile Access and 10 other major technology companies, the Integer Wireless Experience Center is a convenient opportunity for organizations in those verticals to vet their options and custom-build solutions for all types of in-building and campuswide deployments. Opening this fall in Newport Beach, Calif. – a short drive from Orange County’s John Wayne Airport and in the heart of Orange County’s business district – the Integer Wireless Experience Center will include:

  • Multiple executive briefing rooms, each showcasing an industry-specific set of use-case scenarios, such as a hospital wing or a retail store. Each room will include open-rack, lab-level features, along with on-site engineers, all designed to facilitate testing.
  • A state-of-the-art environment featuring more than $1 million in enterprise-class features such as a Cisco TelePresence suite, as well as Cisco CleanAir technology, a Corning Mobile Access multi-carrier DAS system, real-time location solutions and other advanced technologies – all fully functional and ready for testing by members and guests.
  • A broad, deep selection of enterprise-grade wireless products, applications and services using one or more the following wireless technologies: 3G, LTE, Wi-Fi, RTLS, NFC, RFID, DAS and VHF/UHF public safety.
  • Concierge-level access to vendors, service providers and other Integer Wireless Experience Center partners, including include one-on-one demonstrations, lunch-and-learns, receptions and presentations.
  • Product demonstration and interoperability testing provides participating members and their guests with the opportunity to test interoperability not only between solutions provided by different Integer Wireless Experience Center partners, but also between partner products and their customer’s existing solutions.

“The Integer Wireless Experience Center is a unique, convenient opportunity for enterprise decision-makers to custom-build in-building wireless solutions that meet their unique and rapidly changing needs,” said John Clarey, Integer Wireless CEO. “This facility reflects a major reason for Integer Wireless’ success over the past 16 years: Our agnostic approach helps enterprises select the right infrastructure package from innovative hardware vendors and evaluate myriad applications, services and networks to create a solution that perfectly matches their requirements.

“That approach frees them from the cost and limitations that come with being locked into a single vendor or service provider ecosystem. With the Integer Wireless Experience Center, we’re taking that philosophy to the next level by creating a one-stop shop where decision-makers can learn about their options and leave confident that they’re making the smart choice for their organization.”

For more information about Integer Wireless, visit www.integerwireless.com. A list of representative clients and projects is available at www.integerwireless.com/pdf/client%20list_map_final.pdf.

About Integer Wireless

Based in Newport Beach, Calif., Integer Wireless specializes in designing, building and optimizing reliable, highly secure in-building and wide-area wireless networks for health care, hospitality, general enterprise, aerospace, corporate campuses, public sports and entertainment venues, retail and government facilities. Over the past 16 years, Integer Wireless has led more than 1,000 cellular, DAS and Wi-Fi projects, including deployments for Apple, Coors Field, Denver Department of Health, Kaiser Permanente, Hoag Hospital, Hyatt, Intel, NASA and Walmart. Integer Wireless partners include Cisco, Corning Mobile Access, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Ekahu and other leading providers of infrastructure, applications and services. This fall, the company will debut the Integer Wireless Experience Center, providing executives with a hands-on opportunity to discover the latest wireless solutions available to meet their industries’ unique needs. For more information, visit www.integerwireless.com.

May 10, 2011 I Written By

Continua Health Alliance to Demo Connected Health Technology at CES 2011

Continua Health Alliance Will Demonstrate Products Designed to Empower People and Organizations to Better Manage Health and Wellness Anytime, Anywhere

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – January 3, 2011 – Continua Health Alliance and member companies IntelTrac,AndagoBluegigaTexas Instruments (TI) and ZyXEL will demonstrate personal connected health solutions this week at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 6-9, 2011. Visit us in the North HallDigital Health Summit (Booth #2820), to see consumer digital health solutions in action.

Continua is the non-profit, open industry alliance of more than 230 leading healthcare and technology organizations dedicated to developing a global ecosystem of interoperable personal connected health solutions. Continua products and services leverage standards-based technology to keep individuals, healthcare providers and loved ones connected and empowered to manage health and wellness anytime, anywhere.

The demonstrations in the CES Digital Health Summit will include Continua Certified™ personal connected health solutions that allow individuals to live independently longer and solutions for managing chronic medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure and asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Demonstrations will include a Bluetooth blood pressure cuff and weight scale from A&D, a Bluetooth pulse oximeter from Nonin Medical and a CypakUSB converter cable designed to connect legacy devices to the Continua ecosystem. These devices will be combined with HealthLink PC managers from companies such as Intel and Lamprey Networks, Inc. (LNI) that turn a PC into a home health gateway, enabling Continua devices to deliver data to Personal Health Records (PHRs) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Intel will also display Continua Certified reference systems.

Other member demonstrations will include:

Andago: Andago will demonstrate a complete monitoring solution based on Continua Certification™ Guidelines. The Andago mobile health solution works by collecting patient data from a Continua device and sending it to a Linux mobile phone via Bluetooth. This data is then sent through the mobile network and registered in a personal health record (PHR) to be analyzed by Open Health Assistant, Andago’s care management platform.

ZyXEL: Networking technology leader ZyXEL will showcase its Smart Home Gateway (SHG) at the Continua booth. The SHG, a CES Innovations Honoree, is the industry’s first battery-powered 3G/802.11n wireless platform for health monitoring and assisted living solutions. On display live will be an SHG-powered blood glucose monitoring solution.

Texas Instruments (TI): TI will feature Continua Certified™ solutions for Telehealth and Telehealth Aggregation Managers on the TI demopod in the Continua booth. Representatives will be available for discussion throughout the show.

In addition to empowering individuals to maintain greater responsibility for their health, these easy-to-configure personal connected health devices provide consistent monitoring of individuals’ health and care status, enabling better informed treatment decisions by healthcare professionals and care teams.

Continua will host the closing keynote Digital Health Summit Conference panel discussion on Friday, January 7 at 4:30 p.m. entitled “It Just Works: Mobile Health Today and the Future of Connected Wellness.” Led by Continua Executive Director Charles Parker, the panel will include representatives from Intel, Nokia, Ascension Health, Qualcomm, and Roche Diagnostics.

About Continua: Continua Health Alliance is a non-profit, open industry organization of healthcare and technology companies joining together in collaboration to improve the quality of personal healthcare. With more than 230 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.

January 3, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.