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Continua partners BHG to support healthcare innovation in China

Iain Morris
September 24, 2014
Standards body Continua has formed a strategic partnership with industry group Borderless Healthcare (BHG) aimed at supporting healthcare innovation in China and promoting international standards for personal connected health technologies.

BHG has also announced the launch of a new Healthcare Technology Innovation Center in Shanghai.

“Continua’s 2014 design guidelines have been adopted by the ITU as the first global standard for personal connected health devices and systems, providing individuals with the tools needed – such as wearable activity trackers, remote health monitoring devices and mobile apps – to better self-manage their health and wellness,” said Chuck Parker, executive director of Continua.

“We are pleased to be working together with Borderless Healthcare Group to promote interoperability for personal connected health devices and systems in China, a critically important market for healthcare innovation,” he added. “This marks an important advance in the global adoption of interoperability standards.”

BHG has indicated that its innovation center will include an incubator, an accelerator, and a smart home-smart health experience and media center, where healthcare innovators can ‘crowdfund’ and pilot their projects in China.

The center’s membership will be combined with Continua membership, added BHG, and innovators from more than ten countries have already expressed interest in becoming involved in the center.

“China will be the biggest healthcare IP exchange hub in the next few years, as a leading area for manufacturing smart devices, with one of the largest consumer markets in the world,” said Wei Siang Yu, the chairman of BHG. “Working with Continua, together we could create global opportunities for personal connected health technologies, with the adoption of plug-and-play interoperability standards from this very early stage.”

According to research from the GSM Association, China is now the global leader in the adoption of M2M technology, with more than 50 million connections or more than a quarter of the total M2M market in 2013.
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