Continua Design Guidelines adopted for e-health interoperability

An important milestone for global e-health standardization has been achieved with final approval of a new standard that will better enable interoperability between e-health devices. The standard – Recommendation ITU-T H.810 – contains Continua Health Alliance’s Design Guidelines providing “Interoperability design guidelines for personal health systems”. The Continua Design Guidelines provide for end-to-end, plug-and-play connectivity in personal connected health devices, which are based on global industry standards for interoperability.

Devices such as wireless blood pressure cuffs, weight scales and a wide range of activity trackers can play a critical role in the prevention and improved management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Establishing global interoperability standards will stimulate innovation and nourish the personal connected health ecosystem. For manufacturers, standards will decrease time-to-market, reduce development costs and increase efficiencies. In particular they will enable quicker, less expensive integration to electronic medical records (EMR) or health information exchange (HIE) platforms.

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