First Look: Personal Connected Health Alliance Enhances Continua Test Tool

On Wednesday, The Personal Connected Health Alliance announced it has approved a new Continua Test Tool (CTT), adding in several new enhancements based on its Continua Design Guidelines.

The Continua Design Guidelines and the new CTT continues to scale enabling authentic clinical-grade interoperability and now includes chronic disease remote monitoring for diabetes care, hypertension, heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

The Continua Test Tool helps PCHAlliance members achieve Continua Certification for their products ensuring that their data is clearly understood within an electronic health record (EHR).

“Our Test and Certification Committee has done an excellent job advancing the resources and materials available to PCHAlliance members seeking Continua Certification for their products,” said Michael J. Kirwan, Vice President of Continua. “We will continue to enhance our Continua Test Tool in the coming months, and encourage PCHAlliance members to take advantage of the full range of resources available, including the new Test Tool, test labs, Plugfest test events and Continua Certification Experts (CCEs) who assist companies with the Certification process.”

We’re told that the new Continua Test Tool will include new test case implementations for IEEE 11073-10427 Power Status Monitor, Bluetooth Low Energy Pulse-Oximeter and Continuous Glucose Monitoring device specializations and profiles. The CTT will soon be updated to support Windows 10 as well as both the Continua Health Information Services and for HL7 FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources).

“The CTT is PCHAlliance-approved to cover the necessary test cases to attain Continua Certification. It is important that PCHAlliance makes the CTT readily available for members to pretest during product development and verification, so that we have assurance that the release candidate will pass Continua Certification,” said Kelvin Lim, Roche Diabetes Care, a PCHAlliance Global Member company; and Chair, PCHAlliance Test and Certification Committee.

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