The Continua Health Alliance has developed a set of standards and protocols to facilitate communication between different medical devices. This was meant to allow various manufacturers to create devices that would automatically be compatible with those from other firms. Cambridge Consultants has now teamed up with Qualcomm to create a standard wireless unit that can communicate data from a Continua certified device to remote servers. This technology, in one swoop, may allow for any compatible device to be used in telemedicine applications.
The new, low-cost platform is a combination of Qualcomm Incorporated’s Wearable Mobile Device cellular module and Cambridge Consultants’ Vena software stack. The platform enables the collection of data from Continua certified devices over the Continua Personal Area Network (PAN) interface, and transmits this data over the Continua Wide Area Network (WAN) interface* to on-line health services. The Wearable Mobile Device module has dimensions of 21 x 22 x 4.5mm, enabling a Continua Application Hosting Device (AHD) to be built that provides a PAN-to-WAN bridge within a small highly portable footprint.
Cambridge Consultants’ Vena wireless healthcare software stack, which implements the standards selected by the Continua Health Alliance, empowers patients to manage health and wellness anytime, anywhere. It embeds the Bluetooth™ Health Device Profile (HDP) optimized for the secure transport of medical data and the IEEE 11073 standards for compatible exchange of information between health devices.
The Qualcomm Wearable Mobile Device 1X, 1X EV-DO and UMTS modules are industry-leading products that support a variety of 3G networks and provide integrated GPS, an accelerometer and Bluetooth technologies. With data and voice support, a standardized USB 2.0 interface and defined APIs and development kit, the modules provide unprecedented functionality and streamlined 3G connectivity for M2M and CE devices.