A&D Medical releases first Continua Certified blood pressure monitor and weight scale

San Jose 04 August 2009Furthering its legacy as a pioneer and innovator in telemedicine devices, A&D Medical has released the first Continua Certified blood pressure monitor and the first certified weight scale. The certification of these two Bluetooth wireless technology products significantly increases the number of market-ready, interoperable devices available in the Continua Health Alliance ecosystem.

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The A&D Medical UA-767PBT-C automatic blood pressure monitor with Bluetooth wireless technology and the UC-321PBT-C precision weight scale with Bluetooth wireless technology were certified as conforming to the Continua Version One Design Guidelines, incorporating the Bluetooth Health Device Profile (HDP) and the ISO/IEEE 11073 data protocols. Compliance to these guidelines allows for interoperability between all Continua Certified devices and enables manufacturers to create health information systems easily and efficiently.

Both weight and blood pressure information are vital to the care of chronic diseases including cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and diabetes. With these newly certified devices, A&D Medical expands the number of physiological parameters a Continua compliant solution can include.

"We are very proud to be able to offer our high-quality devices as part of the Continua Health Alliance ecosystem", stated Teruhisa Moriya, President and CEO of A&D Medical. "Adding blood pressure and weight measurement functions will greatly increase the utility and capability of Continua telemedicine systems."

A&D Medical has a long history of pioneering new technology, particularly in the field of home blood pressure measurement. The company introduced the world's first oscillometric home blood pressure monitor, the first telemedicine blood pressure monitor and the first Bluetooth wireless technology enabled blood pressure monitor. Now, it has unveiled the first Continua Certified blood pressure monitor as well. This development comes hot on the heels of the announcement of Continua's first certified Bluetooth wireless technology device and less than a year after the announcement of the first Continua Certified USB device.

"We are pleased to see the announcement of two new Continua Certified devices from A&D Medical", stated Rick Cnossen, Continua president and chairman of the Board of Directors. "The addition of these devices further contributes to Continua's mission to establish an ecosystem of interoperable personal telehealth solutions, empowering people and organisations to better manage their health and wellness."

"A&D Medical's Bluetooth wireless technology enabled devices help expand the capabilities of the Continua Certified product ecosystem, and will have a significant impact in the remote patient monitoring sector", stated Emma Naudo, Market Analyst, IMS Research. "Remote patient monitoring technology is vital for the health care industry. The availability of interoperable, standards-based, solutions from companies like A&D Medical as part of an ecosystem of devices will be vital to the success of broad remote patient monitoring deployments."

The UA-767PBT series of devices is clinically validated for accuracy and meets ANSI/AAMI SP10 standards. Both the UA-767PBT-C and UC-321PBT-C Continua Certified and Bluetooth wireless technology enabled devices are already available for purchase. A&D Medical is already hard at work developing its next Continua compliant devices, which are expected to be certified later this year.

Continua Health Alliance is a non-profit, open industry coalition of the finest health care and technology companies joining together in collaboration to improve the quality of personal health care. With more than 200 member companies around the world, Continua is dedicated to establishing a system of interoperable personal health solutions with the knowledge that extending those solutions into the home fosters independence, empowers individuals and provides the opportunity for truly personalized health and wellness management.

A&D Medical is a division of A&D Engineering, and is ISO 13485:2003 certified. Since 1977, A&D Medical has been manufacturing and distributing a full line of advanced electronic blood pressure monitoring equipment and health care products for home and professional use. The company has established itself as an expert in home health monitoring technology through the development and introduction of unique products. A&D Medical offers leading telemedicine solutions for remote patient monitoring of heart disease and other chronic diseases through wired and Bluetooth wireless systems for health system integrators.


Source: A&D Medical

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