Vendor Profile: Cinterion on mHealth - been there, done that

By Eric Wicklund, Editor, mHIMSS
If the premise of mHealth is to enable machine-to-machine communications over long distances, Cinterion executives would like to point out they've been doing that for a long time.

The Paris-based developer of M2M communication modules, a division of the Gemalto Group, "puts the 'm' in mHealth," says Manfred Kube, the company's director of business development for mHealth. In fact, he says, the company played a part in European-based telehealth projects back before the word 'telehealth' became part of the healthcare lexicon.

Kube says Cinterion "can leverage all of its experience" to help the American mHealth market, which he sees as "an evolving but nevertheless fast developing area." He says the company, a recent addition to the Continua Health Alliance, is coming to the mHealth Summit to highlight its connectivity products, as well as its customer solutions and partnerships – including an award-winning collaboration with Philips Respironics on a sleep therapy product.

"There's a lot going on in the American market," he says.

Earlier this year, the company teamed up with TZ Medical of Portland, Ore., to launch the Aera-CT heart arrhythmia monitoring device. The device enables physicians to keep track of a patient's heartbeat during normal, day-to-day activities and over long periods of time. The company has also partnered with the Israeli firm Aerotel to develop the e-CliniQ system and Connect-CELL telehealth homecare hub, intended for home-based chronic disease management applications. That partnership was recently honored by Connected World Magazine with a Value Chain Award in the home health category.

"Aerotel's Connect-CELL homecare hub uses the latest Cinterion M2M technology to address the urgent need for solutions that reduce spending while improving quality of service for the growing ageing population," said Norbert Muhrer, Cinterion's CEO, in a press release announcing the award. "The use of Connect-CELL has already proven to reduce hospitalization costs by up to 30 percent."

Kube says Cinterion's goal is not to re-invent the wheel, but to take its experience in telehealth and apply that to the American healthcare market. The company's M2M technology, which enables communication between machines across secure wireless networks, is ideal for a setting in which healthcare providers need to establish links with clinics, specialists, other providers and patients that extend far beyond physical walls.

In addition, he says, America's struggling healthcare hierarchy can stand to learn a thing or two about mHealth from other parts of the globe.

"There are parts of the world where mHealth is not about improving efficiency – it's creating healthcare," he says.

Cinterion can be found at Booth 403-42 in the Exhibit Hall.

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