Freescale unveils home health hub solution for telehealth applications

Freescale Semiconductor has introduced a home health hub (HHH) reference
platform to help medical equipment manufacturers create remote access devices
that can collect, connect and securely share health data for improved
healthcare management. 

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 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.

There are 860 million chronic disease patients worldwide, and 75 to 85 percent
of all healthcare spending can be attributed to chronic disease management,
according to the World Health Organization.

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


“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 Steven Dean, manager of
Freescale’s Global Healthcare team.

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 room,” said Kent Dicks,
founder and CEO of MedApps.

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 Microsoft HealthVault, a privacy-
and security-enhanced online data repository that lets users organize, store
and share their health information.

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.

“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 Lorraine Bardeen, marketing director for Windows Embedded EMEA
at Microsoft.

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