Bluetooth sets standard for mobile healthcare devices

8 Jun 2009

The non-profit, open-industry coalition for technology healthcare, Continua Health Alliance, today announced that Bluetooth technology will be adopted as a healthcare device standard in version two of its guidelines for low-energy wireless communication.

Bluetooth is currently the only wireless technology specification included by Continua, and was chosen after a 10-month review process.

“Continua’s choice of Bluetooth low-energy technology – a specification in development at this time and expected to be adopted by the end of the year – underscores the excitement and need for this Bluetooth wireless standard in the telehealth arena,” said Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group).

Because healthcare devices such as fitness sensors and heart monitors are usually small and battery operated, a short-range and low-power wireless connectivity standard is ideal.

“The Bluetooth SIG brings not only a superb wireless technology to our design guidelines, but a state-of-the-art testing and qualification program to our members,” said Rick Cnossen, Continua president and chairman of the board of directors.

“The continued choice to work with Bluetooth wireless technology and the Bluetooth SIG is a natural extension for Continua.”

Continua certifies many telehealth devices, ranging from health-monitoring (pulse oximeter, blood-pressure cuff, thermometer, weight scale, glucose meter) to cardiovascular fitness devices to independent living monitors for the elderly or frail.

By Marie Boran