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Continua Health Alliance Interoperability Standards Included In The First Call For Tenders Under The UK's National 3millionlives Initiative
Date:3/26/2013

BEAVERTON, Ore., March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Worcestershire County Council along with three National Health Services (NHS) Clinical Commissioning Groups have issued the first 3millionlives tender in England, which includes two key Continua Health Alliance standards in the 'Mandatory Requirements' section of its call for tenders. The program is part of the UK's 3millionlives program established by the Department of Health UK to support the adoption of telehealth and telecare services. Advising the Department of Health UK, a Working Group of representatives from NHS and industry organizations concluded that telehealth would not successfully reach scale if national standards were not adopted. Continua is the international industry organization dedicated to advancing personal connected health by promoting end-to-end, plug-and-play connectivity of personal health devices and establishing industry standards for interoperability.

"The 3millionlives Industry Working Group has defined the type of national standards we will hold ourselves to. It is inconceivable that a mainstream telehealth service would be commissioned without the sort of rigor outlined in this document. Adopting the best international and national standards ensures we meet our three criteria for safe, quality and scalable, long-term chronic disease management tools," said Dr. Malachy Rice , Pathfinder Support Group, 3millionlives. "We have carefully chosen best-in-class standards from international bodies such as IEEE and Continua Health Alliance, and national standards from Telecare Services Association and the Department of Health Informatics Directorate."

When launching the 3millionlives initiative in December 2011, The Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP, Prime Minister, UK, stated, "Just look at our approach to telehealth -- we've trialed it, it's been a huge success, and now w
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