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Bluetooth solution eases heathcare device access

Posted: 23 Oct 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth  heathcare device  Android phone 

MindTree Ltd. has launched a Bluetooth health device solution on the Android platform designed to provide seamless interoperability among personal healthcare devices, empowering individuals to connect with their healthcare administrator's real-time. The solution was successfully demonstrated on the Google G1 Android Phone at the Continua Health Alliance Fall Summit.

The need for this solution was raised by current demographic trends of busy lifestyles, chronic diseases, an ageing population that requires escalating levels of medical supervision and intervention and rising cost of healthcare.

The Continua device solution consists of MindTree's qualified Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR stack including eL2CAP, Multi-Channel Adaptation Protocol (MCAP) and Health Device Profile (HDP), integrated with IEEE – 11073 layers ported onto the Android platform on a Google G1 developer phone. In the demonstration, the health device solution on Google G1 Android phone interoperated with a Continua-Certified pulse oximeter from Nonin Medical. The pulse oximeter gathered oxygen saturation levels and heart beat readings were transferred over Bluetooth to the G1 mobile phone display. For future reference or application, the readings can be stored and uploaded onto the Internet to an Electronic Health Record (EHR).

"Continua Health Alliance is encouraged by the launch of MindTree's implementation of the Continua Version One Bluetooth device interface," said Continua Health Alliance president and chairman of the board of directors, Rick Cnossen. "The MindTree technology will foster and accelerate the development of Continua standards-based mobile solutions available to consumers."

"As Bluetooth continues to penetrate into newer markets such as healthcare, we will have newer requirements to address. We are conscious of this changing trend, and will continue to proactively invest in building the next generation of Bluetooth-based solutions that will effectively address the market requirements of tomorrow," said MindTree president and CEO, R&D services, Vinod Deshmukh.

MindTree's Bluetooth stack and profiles are qualified for 2.1+ EDR and is written in ANSI C with well designed abstraction layer which enables easy portability across various platforms. It's a proven technology used in le products by world-leading companies like NEC Corporation, GN Netcom and Logitech. MindTree is the first independent stack provider to qualify the Bluetooth health device profile.

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