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|Freescale Introduces 'Home Health Hub' Solution for Telehealth Applications|
Comprehensive reference platform helps accelerate development of medical devices with seamless connectivity and data aggregation capabilities
The HHH reference platform is based on Freescale’s i.MX28 applications processor and ZigBee® and sub-1 GHz transceivers. It enables secure WiFi and Ethernet connectivity to remote devices with displays, such as tablets, smartphones or PCs with medical-specific remote user interface (UI) options. The platform also can provide wired and wireless connectivity to end healthcare devices, such as blood pressure monitors, blood glucometers, weight scales, pulse oximeters and more via ZigBee, sub-1 GHz, USB, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy including medical-class-specific device profiles.
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Societies around the world continue to look for ways to reduce health care costs for these chronic patients while improving their quality of life. Remote patient monitoring devices can be made based on Freescale’s home health hub reference platform and can allow patients to avoid unnecessary emergency room visits which both saves money and helps improve patient outcomes.
“The changing dynamics of the aging global population are creating an
increased demand for new technologies and tools that can offer peace of
mind to the family members of seniors living at home,” said
Freescale’s HHH reference platform provides comprehensive functionality and can be used as the foundation for connected medical product designs, giving developers a head-start to help them get to market faster. The Freescale HHH reference platform delivers a hardware implementation and the necessary software components to provide pre-validated, secure connectivity for healthcare devices and user interfaces.
“We have proven technology out there to monitor patients and connect
their data to the cellular network, such that a healthcare professional
could intervene instead of the patient having to go to the emergency
The HHH reference platform software adheres to Continua device profiles
to provide consistency and compatibility with other Continua-certified
medical devices such as blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters and
weight scales. The platform also enables connection to the
The HHH reference platform consists of an aggregator/gateway board based on the low-power i.MX28 applications processor (built on the ARM9™ processor) running various connectivity interfaces to healthcare end devices and wireless or wired connectivity for a remote user interface. Also included is a panic alarm sensor based on Freescale’s MC12311 sub-1 GHz radio, providing personal emergency response system (PERS) functionality. To complete the reference platform, software such as board support packages (Linux® and Windows® Embedded Compact 7) and example code are included.
“If you think about all of the different devices in a healthcare
ecosystem, Windows Embedded allows our partners to align on one trusted
technology platform,” said
Pricing and availability
The HHH reference platform consists of the aggregator/gateway board,
panic alarm sensor, quick start guide, cables and software. Freescale
has partnered with
“Network connected medical devices improve quality of care by providing
real-time access to critical patient data,” said
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Source: Freescale Semiconductor