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Continua Health Alliance expands presence in China

Iain Morris
July 16, 2014
Standards body Continua says it has expanded its presence in China with the appointment of Hector Lui as an associate director.

The organization – which supports standardization efforts in the connected health market – says Lui will serve as Continua’s liaison in the local market, working closely with companies to align interests and activities in the area of personal connected health.

Continua (Beaverton, OR, USA) says China has become the global leader in the adoption of M2M technology, with more than 50 million connections or more than one quarter of the total M2M market in 2013.

Close collaboration between the country’s mobile operators, state-owned enterprises and the government has allowed the market to grow dramatically in a short space of time, says Continua, and laid the foundations for further expansion.

“We are expanding our presence in China, creating new opportunities and providing an important industry voice for personal connected health with employers, payers, regulatory bodies, government agencies and care providers in that important market,” said Chuck Parker, Continua’s executive director. “Continua's Working Group is very active in supporting end-to-end, plug-and-play connectivity for personal connected health technologies.”

“We are confident that we will continue to make significant progress in expediting the deployment of Continua-ready personal connected health devices and systems to dramatically improve health management, clinical outcomes and quality of life for the citizens of China,” he added.

According to Continua, Lui has more than 18 years of experience in the digital media, technology and semiconductor industries, including a successful track record of working with major companies throughout China and the US to create online marketing solutions and business strategies.

Continua says its mission is to steer the development of design guidelines and test tools that will speed up the deployment of personal connected health devices and facilitate the incorporation of health and wellness into consumers’ day-to-day lives.

It says it has been a pioneer in establishing standards-based guidelines and security for connected health technologies including sensors, remote monitoring devices, tablets, gateways and smartphones.

The organization’s board of directors features a number of leading technology and healthcare players, including Fujitsu (Tokyo, Japan), Intel (Santa Clara, CA, USA), Oracle (Redwood City, CA, USA), Qualcomm Life (San Diego, CA, USA) and Samsung Electronics (Seoul, South Korea).
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