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Continua updates test tool for diabetes remote monitoring

Steve Rogerson
August 29, 2017
The Personal Connected Health Alliance has approved a new Continua Test Tool (CTT), adding in enhancements based on the Continua design guidelines, including chronic disease remote monitoring for diabetes care, hypertension, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The tool aims to help alliance members achieve Continua certification for their products ensuring that their data are clearly understood within an electronic health record (EHR).
"Our test and certification committee has done an excellent job advancing the resources and materials available to PCH Alliance members seeking Continua certification for their products," said Michael Kirwan, vice president of Continua. "We will continue to enhance our CTT in the coming months, and encourage PCH Alliance members to take advantage of the full range of resources available, including the new test tool, test labs, plugfest test events and Continua certification experts who assist companies with the certification process."
The CTT will include new test case implementations for IEEE 11073-10427 power status monitor, Bluetooth Low Energy pulse-oximeter and continuous glucose monitoring device specialisations and profiles. The tool will soon be updated to support Windows 10 as well as both the Continua health information services and for HL7 FHIR fast healthcare interoperability resources.
"The CTT is PCH Alliance approved to cover the necessary test cases to attain Continua certification," said Kelvin Lim from Roche Diabetes Care, a PCH Alliance member. “It is important that PCH Alliance makes the CTT readily available for members to pre-test during product development and verification, so that we have assurance that the release candidate will pass Continua certification.”
Continua certification encompasses well over 100 types of devices and services that can be certified. Certification is available to alliance members interested in certifying a device or service to ensure clinical-grade interoperability with other Continua devices and services, and enables the collection and exchange of health data for improved health, wellness and disease management.
Continua certified products carry a logo signifying clinical-grade interoperability with other certified products. Any organisation that develops a health, medical or fitness product can certify to the Continua design guidelines by following the certification process. This includes hundreds of health, medical and fitness device types, all with a direct path to the EHR.
The alliance publishes the Continua design guidelines, which define an open, flexible framework for exchanging health data between personal connected health devices and systems, and standardise medical-grade data for integration into clinical systems.
The guidelines are recognised by the ITU as an international standard for personal health systems. Standards underlying the guidelines include the IEEE 11073 personal health devices family of standards, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) PCD-01 standards, and HL7 personal health monitoring report.
The guidelines comprise a reference architecture and product test and certification tools and services. By certifying products to the guidelines, companies opt in to the personal connected health economy and demonstrate their commitment to customers.
The PCH Alliance is a non-profit organisation formed by HIMSS to accelerate technical, business, policy and social strategies necessary to advance personal connected health through its healthy longevity initiative to promote lifelong health and wellness.