Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

PCH Alliance work group to push connected health in China

Steve Rogerson
October 25, 2016
The Personal Connected Health Alliance has launched a work group to help cultivate the ecosystem of personal connected health technologies in the Chinese market.
Daidi Zhong of Chongqing University will serve as chair of the work group and Lisson Zhang from Philips will be vice chair.
The group aims to provide business development, policy and technical forums to promote personal connected health devices and services in the market. It will coordinate the PCH Alliance's activities and strategies related to the China market, and will act as the alliance's point of contact with Chinese stakeholders.
The alliance has significant experience in connectivity for personal connected health devices, publishing the annual Continua Design guidelines, the international standard for user friendly end-to-end interoperability of personal connected health devices and systems.
"There is growing interest in personal health technologies throughout Asia, and the Chinese market represents an important opportunity to expand the use of interoperable personal connected health tools to improve health management, clinical outcomes and quality of life for Chinese citizens," said Horst Merkle, president of Continua and director at Roche Diabetes Care. "We are very pleased to establish a presence in this vital market, helping our members better understand this dynamic environment. With support from leading, local companies and universities, as well as valuable guidance from Professor Zhong and Lisson Zhang, the PCH Alliance will provide an influential voice for personal connected health technologies with employers, payers, regulatory bodies, government agencies and care providers in China."
This year is the tenth anniversary of Continua and the advancement of authentic interoperability for personal connected health devices and services. The guidelines are recognised as an international standard for personal health systems through the ITU, the telecoms standards body within the United Nations.
The guidelines comprise a reference architecture, implementation tools and services that are developed based on accepted technology standards and specification such as Bluetooth Low Energy, IEEE’s 11073 personal health device standards, IHE PCD-01 patient care device transaction and the HL7 personal health monitoring report. Members have free access to product test and certification tools and services.
Continua's global efforts to develop and implement its guidelines are driven by today's technology, medical device and healthcare industry leaders, and service providers including A&D Medical, Ascensia Diabetes Care, CATR, China Mobile, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, Neusoft, Nonin, Orange, Philips, Qualcomm, Roche Diagnostics and Samsung.