"Sensing and monitoring are the core of ZigBee's mission, so it was logical for us to create a solution designed to meet the needs and requirements of the Continua Health Alliance and lay a foundation for long-term collaboration between our Alliances," said Dr. Robert F. Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. "ZigBee Health Care gives fitness centers, medical care facilities and consumers the ability to connect an almost unlimited number of health monitoring devices with ease and privacy. Our timing could not be better since the world is trying to care for a burgeoning aging population while managing skyrocketing health care costs, and the ability to monitor patient health from anywhere is a key tool in that effort."
A recent report by ON World, "WSN for Healthcare" estimates that wireless sensor networks can reduce annual health care costs by US $25 billion by 2012. Much of that savings is derived by reducing hospitalizations and extending independent living for seniors.
The Continua Health Alliance represents the voice of a broad and vital healthcare industry. Nearly 30 members of Continua are also ZigBee Alliance members. Some of those members include Ember, Freescale Semiconductor, Philips, Samsung, Siemens, ST Microelectronics and Texas Instruments. These companies are ZigBee Alliance Promoters and members of the ZigBee Board of Directors.
ZigBee: Control your world
ZigBee is the global wireless language connecting dramatically different devices to work together and enhance everyday life. The ZigBee Alliance is a non-profit association of more than 300 member companies driving develo
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