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January 07, 2010

Vignet Debuts Connected Health Services Infrastructure

Vignet Inc. has reportedly announced its Connected Health Services platform infrastructure for mobile health or mHealth devices and services. 

The new “person-centered” platform helps users capture, aggregate, analyze and share data using their mobile devices. They can use a wired or wireless interface like Bluetooth, ZigBee, Bluetooth LE or USB.

Vignet officials said that it will collaborate with IBM (News - Alert), Nonin Medical and A&D to showcase the first mHealth solution, based on the open standards promoted by the Continua Health Alliance, at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.

Also IBM, Vignet and Nonin propose to jointly demonstrate the solution, which uses IBM’s WebSphere Sensor Events server software, the Vignet platform, Nonin Onyx II, Model 9560 Bluetooth fingertip pulse oximeter and A&D Model UC-321.

The Vignet Connected Health Services platform helps in converging all health information across multiple medicals services, mobile phones, PHRs, EMRs and ehealth and social media platforms.

The information gets aggregated in an application server like WebSphere Sensor Events in the cloud. It is distributed from there to various destinations including EMRs, PHRs, and community and collaboration tools like SMS, Facebook (News - Alert), Twitter, and OpenSocial, explained Vignet sources.

Vignet’s platform is compatible with most mobile phones, PCs and gateways. It provides the connectivity between patients and medical professionals without any special hardware. The platform will incorporate PAN or personal area network and WAN standards according to the interoperability specifications given by the Continua Health Alliance (News - Alert). 

The company has also defined an API for the Connected Health Services platform that can be leveraged by third party developers for building applications for converged health and mobility, said Vignet officials.

“Our Connected Health Services platform offers users the flexibility to share and access medical information at their convenience with their device of choice,” said Praduman Jain, Vignet’s CEO. 

“At the same time, healthcare professionals can use the platform to gather data to reliably monitor health outcomes. Because it facilitates close communication between patients and care providers, this platform can dramatically improve personal health outcomes by enabling care that is predictive, preventive, personalized, pervasive and participatory,” Jain added.

Vignet provides standards-based telecom and mobile broadband infrastructure technology for healthcare and life sciences. It also enables a Connected Health platform for mobile phones, PCs and gateways to connect any medical device with servers or cloud-based services available over wired or wireless networks.

Its solutions enable connection of devices catering to healthcare needs such as wellness, fitness, nutrition, chronic disease management, home care, body-area networks and independent living.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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