According to reports coming out of the CEATEC conference in Japan, Fujitsu has unveiled a concept phone that the Continua Health Alliance has certified for meeting its guidelines of interoperability with personal health devices. While the concept phone's name has yet to be released, the phone at the CEATEC Fujitsu booth getting the most attention is a dual-screen, touch screen device reminiscent of the handheld gaming device Nintendo DS.
UPDATE 2: Fujitsu's phone secured Continua certification at the end of September and will only be available for subscribers of Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo, Fujitsu spokesperson Adam Blankenship told eWEEK. The medical data is transmitted from the device to the phone via Bluetooth, and can then be sent to doctors and ported into an electronic health record. Fujitsu also stressed that the phone is not a concept -- it's ready to be commercialized and more details will emerge in the next few months, according to eWeek.
Whatever the phone might look like, it is the very first phone that the Continua Health Alliance has certified as interoperable with personal health devices like Bluetooth-enabled pulse oximeters, blood glucose meters, blood pressure cuffs and the like.
The Fujitsu phone is likely only to be available in the Japanese market and is rumored to hit store shelves there within the year.
UPDATE: Continua issued a press release but it offered no new details about the phone: "The world’s first Continua Certified mobile phone, created using Continua’s design guidelines, will also be unveiled this week at CEATEC. The new mobile phone will manage and transfer health data collected by healthcare equipment that is also Continua Certified," the statement read. “Japan has a strong interest in the health of its residents,” Rick Cnossen, president and chair, Continua Health Alliance stated in the release. “Allowing consumers the opportunity to manage their own health helps to reduce healthcare costs, allows greater independence for seniors, and can help manage—and sometimes prevent—chronic illnesses.”
Earlier: A representative from Continua indicated to MobiHealthNews that an announcement was forthcoming. Stay tuned for more.
Meanwhile check out this "hands-on" with the dual-screen Fujitsu phone on display at CEATEC -- (still unclear if this is the Continua certified one, but I'd be surprised if it's turns out to be as high end as this one.) Video below:
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