Freescale develops ARM9 'Home Health Hub' for telehealth

November 15, 2011 //By Nick Flaherty
Freescale develops ARM9 'Home Health Hub' for telehealth
Freescale Semiconductor has developed a home health hub (HHH) reference platform to help medical equipment manufacturers quickly and easily create remote-access devices that can collect, connect and securely share health data for improved healthcare management.

The HHH reference platform combines the ARM9-powered i.MX28 applications processor and a range of RF 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. It can also 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.

“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. “There’s also a need to provide access to healthcare in remote and growing regions of the world to improve the quality of life for millions of people. Our new home health hub reference platform is designed to simplify development of connected medical devices and help our customers more easily address these growing needs.”

The World Health Organization says there are 860 million chronic disease patients worldwide, and 75 to 85 percent of all healthcare spending can be attributed to chronic disease management. Many of those who suffer from chronic diseases are 65 years or older – a demographic that the U.S. Census Bureau estimates will represent 19 percent of the U.S. population, or about 72.1 million individuals, by 2030.

Freescale’s HHH reference platform can be used as the foundation for connected medical product designs, giving developers a head-start to help them get to market faster. “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. “We’ve found this to be extremely effective.”

The HHH reference

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