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Continua Health Alliance and the NFC Forum Collaborate to Expand Connectivity, Simplify Data Exchange in Healthcare IT
Beaverton, Ore. – October 18, 2011 – Continua Health Alliance, an industry organization of healthcare and technology companies dedicated to improving the quality of personal healthcare, and the NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced that they will work together to expand standards-based connectivity technology in the health IT industry. Both Continua and the NFC Forum are proponents of simplifying digital content exchange to establish a system of personal connected health and wellness products and services that enable consumers, caregivers and healthcare providers to more proactively address ongoing healthcare needs. The Co-operation Agreement between the organizations formalizes plans to increase promotion of global wireless telecommunications and Internet standards in the personal connected healthcare domain. The NFC Forum and Continua are exchanging technical information to facilitate the development of related Continua specifications for Personal Healthcare devices. The two organizations will also collaborate to streamline supporting vendor development and certification activities to speed products to market. The NFC Forum, founded in 2004, continues to reach out to leading consortia representing key vertical industries to align work and ensure that standards are being set to meet specific use case needs. The healthcare industry has been one of the earliest adopters of NFC technology and offers many opportunities for innovated NFC-based solutions. Continua’s Tap ‘n Go technology efforts are particularly complementary to the capabilities of NFC. “We look forward to working with our new partners at Continua to synergize our efforts to broaden specification development and offer new, creative, and appealing applications to the vital health IT sectors," said NFC Forum Chairman Koichi Tagawa.