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Continua adds experts and laboratories to increase connected health certification

Steve Rogerson
February 4, 2015

The Continua health organisation has expanded its global resources to support the testing and certification of personal connected health technologies, with the addition of four certified Continua experts (CCEs) and three test laboratories in Asia.
CCEs help member companies seeking to certify a personal connected health device or service as part of the organisation’s test and certification programme. CCEs are recognised as experts in the Continua design guidelines, certification process and relevant supporting technologies, with experience using the Continua enabling software library and certification test tools. Additionally, each are recognised as experts in a subset of transport technologies and interfaces.
The four added CCEs are: Donorov Bolortsetseg from Allion Labs in Japan; Felix Kao of Allion Labs in Taiwan; Diego Bartolome Arquillo from AT4 in Spain; and Jeppe Pilgaard Bjerre from Delta in Denmark. These bring the total number of CCEs up to nine.
Continua also recognised Allion Labs in Japan and Taiwan, and SGS in Korea as the latest Continua test laboratories. Such test laboratories are approved to perform all necessary testing and provide the related results and reports for any new personal connected health devices as part of the certification programme. Approved test labs can also provide advice, clarifications and training for manufacturers that are interested in the certification programme. There are now ten test labs covering seven countries around the world.
"Continua's design guidelines are increasingly being mandated as part of national health programmes in countries around the world, which will further drive demand for plug-and-play personal connected health products," said Roche Diagnostics’ Horst Merkle, president and chairman of Continua. "With the addition of our new certified experts and test labs, we are now well-positioned to help our member companies meet the growing market demand for Continua-ready products, offering an extensive complement of expert resources and testing facilities."
Continua provides free test tools and access to CCEs to help members achieve certification for their products. Certified products display a recognisable logo that signifies interoperability according to industry standards and the Continua design guidelines. Certification should enable more efficient, product development and new market opportunities for interoperable products such as smartphones, dedicated wireless hubs, cloud based products and personal health devices that can be used to collect and relay health information for educated decision support.
In December 2013, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) accepted Continua's design guidelines as a global standard for connectivity in personal connected health.
Design guidelines complete an eight month, internal testing and comment period before public release. Each set of guidelines is subject to interoperability testing to ensure certified products and services, such as smartphones, gateways and remote monitoring devices, connect to other products or systems without restrictions or specific implementation.