Continua certifies first Apple iOS solution, based on WAN guidelines

By Mike Miliard
10:04 AM

Continua Health Alliance, the international not-for-profit industry group seeking to spur connectivity and interoperability of health devices, has announced two new certifications for mobile health technologies.

Officials announced Thursday that Vignet, Inc., a Continua member company, was certified for its iPhone Mobile Manager. The first solution for Apple mobile devices that meets Continua standards for interoperability, it is also the first to incorporate Continua's wide area network (WAN) guidelines for mobile applications.

[See also: Continua offers guidelines for connected healthcare technology.]

For healthcare delivery, a WAN is a telecommunication network used to transmit collected data securely to medical records storage locations, and between different LANs (local area network) and other types of networks, so that computers or devices in one location can communicate with services or storage in other locations, such as electronic health records or personal health records.

The iPhone Mobile Manager is a software manager that can be customized and adapted by various mobile applications and service providers. Implemented using Continua WAN guidelines, the Vignet product helps developers build custom applications and connects with other certified personal health devices such as weight scales, blood pressure cuffs and pedometers. It also facilitates integration with various interoperable servers to securely deliver personal connected health data and information, officials say.

"We are delighted to recognize Vignet as the first company to have a Continua certified product for Apple iOS mobile devices based on our WAN guidelines," said Chuck Parker, executive director of Continua Health Alliance. "It is another important step in creating an ecosystem of compatible devices and technology to help individuals and their healthcare providers better manage their health and wellness, any time, anywhere."

Continua  offers a testing and certification program to spur interoperability according to industry standards. Certification enables more efficient, standardized development and new market opportunities for interoperable products such as smartphones, dedicated wireless hubs, the Internet and personal health devices that can be used to collect and relay vital health information and education.

[See also: Continua to drive development with open design guidelines.]

"With Continua certification, device manufacturers and solutions providers know that our Mobile Manager is going to link up," added Praduman Jain, CEO of Vignet. "Now Continua connected health solutions can be rapidly adapted to work on a variety of servers and devices, saving developers significant development time. We are pleased to support the use of mobile phones in providing readily available and convenient personal connected health solutions to improve patient self-management and wellness."

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