In the health and medical market the use of wireless technology is growing fast. Trends in personal health, lifestyle and demographics are contributing directly to skyrocketing health care costs and the industry is looking for new ways for improved customer care and cost savings.
Bluetooth HDP technology was created by the Bluetooth SIG and major health and medical equipment manufacturers to support wireless in-home, in-clinic and in-hospital applications. HDP-enabled end-user devices such as glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, weight scales, ECG-monitors or thermometers transmit data wirelessly to fixed monitoring stations or any other back-end system. Bluetooth technology is ideally suited for wireless data transfer due to its low power consumption, low cost, high security, robustness and interoperability.
"It is expected that by 2025 there will be 1,2 billion people over 60 years in the world and they will all require more from the health care services. Combining this with a growing number of people suffering from obesity as well as the opportunities in personal well-being and sports, health and medical industries can certainly benefit from wireless Bluetooth technology", commented Tom Nordman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Bluegiga.
Bluegiga eHealth Access Point offers the service providers an open and easy to use platform for building standard Bluetooth or Bluetooth Health Device Profile-based sensor networks and connecting them easily to any database remotely or on-site.
Bluegiga eHealth Access Point includes IEEE 11073-20601 Personal Health Data Exchange Protocol and open Application Programming Interfaces for enabling the integration with various back-end systems. At Mobile World Congress, the Bluetooth HDP-enabled Bluegiga eHealth Access Point has been demonstrated with Google Health.
Bluegiga has a number of existing customers already utilising their modules and networking devices for a wide range of health care solutions from hospital networks to consumer devices.
Bluegiga Technologies Inc. provides Bluetooth-based wireless module and access device solutions to OEMs, integrators and tele-operators. The secure, cost-effective and easy to integrate devices are used by industry experts in the areas of health and medical, automotive, audio, industrial, and consumer applications. Bluegiga was founded in 2000 with its head office in Finland and sales offices in the United States and Hong Kong. Through its distribution network Bluegiga has presence in more than 65 countries worldwide.
Bluetooth Wireless Technology is the global short-range wireless standard for personal connectivity from a wide range of electronic devices. The technology is now available in its fourth version of the core specification and continues to develop, building on its inherent strengths - a small-form factor radio, low power, low costs, built-in security, strength, accessibility, and ad hoc networking abilities. The installed Bluetooth device base was more than one billion products at the end of 2006, making it the only well-known choice for developers, product manufacturers, and consumers worldwide.