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The ZigBee Alliance and the American Telemedicine Association to Collaborate on Advancing Use of Telehealth Solutions
Date:11/17/2009

SAN RAMON, Calif. and WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The ZigBee® Alliance and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) will educate both health care professionals and consumers on benefits of telecommunications technologies as part of a new liaison agreement announced today. The groups will focus on the many capabilities of ZigBee Health Care, an open standard for secure monitoring and management of noncritical, low-acuity health care and wellness services.

ZigBee Health Care is designed to reduce patient care costs while improving care and quality of life for patients and consumers. ZigBee Health Care offers the ATA a ready-to-implement telehealth solution featuring interference-free and secure wireless connectivity, capable of supporting many common noncritical medical devices. It also provides a robust network ideal for secure, remote patient monitoring and one that helps aging and physically challenged people remain independent.

"Today's requirements to reduce health care cost while maintaining and further improving high quality levels of medical care to a burgeoning population calls for a very robust, cost-effective wireless technology that supports independent living and remote chronic disease management," said Jonathan Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association. "Collaborating with the ZigBee Alliance will support the ATA mission of promoting state-of-the- art technology solutions for telehealth applications that can benefit everyone."

The ZigBee Alliance and the ATA will work together to advocate telecommunication solutions, like ZigBee Health Care, to diverse groups ranging from traditional medicine, academic medical centers, technology and telecommunications companies, e-health, medical societies and government, emphasizing the benefits telecommunication technology provides in improving the quality and efficiency of medical care to patients.

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