Continua Health Alliance
Exhibition of Communications Technologies between Healthcare Equipment.
The Continua Health Alliance has standardized the wireless communications protocol between healthcare equipment and demonstrated a number of products compliant with this protocol in its booth at CEATEC Japan 2010 to illustrate how a new age in connectivity between health-related tools is soon upon the industry.
Transmission of information between healthcare equipmentInformation data acquired from healthcare-related equipment such as weight scales, body fat scales, pedometers, and exercise bicycles is currently for the most part, not easily sent to PCs and requires manual data input or transfer - leading to unnecessary effort, time loss, and accidents due to input error or simply not recording data properly. Therefore, to improve the quality of personal healthcare by standardizing the communications protocol between healthcare equipment, the Continua Health Alliance was established in June 2006. Currently, there are more than 200 members of healthcare products and electronic information equipment manufacturers throughout the world in this non-profit, open industry coalition.
At the booth, example data was sent to a PC from two companies - body fat scale data from company A and heart-rate meter data from company B - and the linkage between the overall data was made visible on a display. User profiles utilizing the alliance-stipulated protocol were developed for Bluetooth and ZigBee, and in the future, equipment with profile information can easily communicate related healthcare data from one location to another. What's more, a box with exclusive transmission features that can be used for standard wireless transmission methods like Bluetooth has also been developed to link up data for equipment such as pedometers. This technology now makes it easier to handle healthcare-related data that was once difficult to manage such as exchanging or storing different methods from varying manufacturers. It can also help people who are simply not up to creating tedious graphs on a daily basis to successfully achieve the desired weight loss during dieting. Using equipment compatible with Continua Health Alliance standards will help to alleviate the burden of manually creating graphs.
Booth number: 2A48