NFC changes Healthcare as NFC Forum and Continua Health Alliance partner
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 18th, 2011 at 10:56 AM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release
NFC evolves Healthcare as NFC Forum and Continua Health Alliance partner to standardize Near Field Communication for the health industry
The NFC Forum and Continua Health Alliance have challenged themselves to expand standards-based connectivity technology using Near Field Communication in the health IT industry, which is no small undertaking.
Both Continua and the NFC Forum have stated that they are proponents of simplifying digital content exchange to establish a system of personal connected health and wellness products and services. This partnership is said to enable consumers, caregivers and healthcare providers to more proactively address ongoing healthcare needs using our favorite little protocol.
“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.
What will come of the Continua Health Alliance & NFC Forum partnership?
Over the last couple of years the, healthcare industry has been going through a metamorphosis where IT is being used for patient records more than ever before. NFC has started to creep into healthcare. In fact, we have reported on quite a few projects and products that are already available, like the recently announced PatientID+. Even with these advances, there is no standard way to use NFC for patients’ records or to manage care.
The NFC Forum and Continua plan to promote the use of global wireless telecommunications and Internet standards in the personal connected healthcare domain. The two organizations plan to exchange technical information to facilitate the development of related Continua specifications for Personal Healthcare devices and to also flush out and implement an NFC-based certification program for vendors.
“Continua is excited to work with the NFC Forum,” said Chuck Parker, Executive Director at Continua Health Alliance. “NFC technology has the potential to simplify the exchange of digital content for health care consumers and providers, permitting individuals and care-teams to obtain information more readily and accurately.”
In healthcare these days, cost containment is the name of the game and NFC has a substantial role to play in making care more efficient and less expensive. The NFC Forum and Continua partnership should add standards that will not only protect patient records, but ensure compliance.