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Global Certification Forum and Continua Health Alliance to Collaborate to Certify Personal Health Records - Wireless Devices

Posted Feb 10 2011 11:38pm

Continua is the wireless alliance of both software and hardware in healthcare, in other words they create and collaborate on standards for medical devices so we all have the same types of wireless services, connectors, and software that works with all.  Microsoft joined back in September of 2010 and for good reason with all the devices that now connect to HealthVault, the personal health record. 

So now we have an international collaboration too coming into the fold to help certify personal health records and part of this process will include device connectivity as part of that process.  Well I say that as it’s not 100% explained below, but I would say one might almost bet on it but the standards we have here and perhaps those in other countries might come together on some new ground when they progress a little further. It makes sense as to why have a device that only works here in the US or only works outside the US?  BD  

Press Release:

9 February 2011: Global Certification Forum (GCF) and Continua Health Alliance are co-operating to develop an effective certification process for wirelessly-connected image personal health devices. In the mobile and many other industries, standards-based certification schemes have been proven to promote market development and growth.

Access to necessary healthcare can be hindered by factors such as distance, time and money. Continua Health Alliance ’s personal connected healthcare solutions can overcome these barriers by offering individuals with chronic conditions, the elderly, those with transportation issues and even the healthy well, more affordable access to care. image

“One of Continua’s key goals is to enable end-to-end interoperability for connected health solutions. By providing a framework of standards-based interfaces, Continua is spurring innovation while removing barriers to global implementation and adoption,” said Chuck Parker, executive director,Continua Health Alliance. “By developing an effective process for testing these systems we’re expanding the ability of our members to deliver compelling products to consumers and healthcare providers that essentially become plug and play.”

GCF’s proven ‘test once, use anywhere’ certification scheme assures mobile operators of a wireless device’s interoperability across different networks, minimizes duplication of testing and reduces time-to-market for new categories of connected devices. Since 1999, GCF Certification has made an important contribution to the global success of 3GPP wireless technologies, from GSM to 3G/UMTS and their extensions. A membership of more than 220 comprises the world’s leading operators, mobile device manufacturers, test labs and test equipment manufacturers.

In October 2010 GCF introduced an optimized process for the certification of connected devices that incorporate GCF-certified embedded wireless modules. This process, described in guidelines that can be downloaded from the GCF website, provides insights that are highly relevant to the certification of mobile health devices.

“3GPP wireless connectivity has the potential to add significant value to personal health devices,” said Adriana Nugter, Operations Manager of GCF.  “As a certification scheme trusted by mobile operators serving billions of people worldwide, GCF can help expand the market for this potentially life-enhancing new product category.”

Global Certification Forum – GCF – is an active partnership between network operators, device manufacturers and the test industry.  In the ten years since its inception in 1999, GCF has created an independent certification program to help ensure global interoperability between mobile devices and networks.  By providing the focal point for the world’s most experienced practitioners in conformance testing, field trials and certification, GCF establishes global best practice for the certification of mobile phones and the ever-expanding range of devices that incorporate wireless broadband connectivity.  LTE was brought within GCF Certification in December 2010.

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.

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