Nonin Medical, Minneapolis-based privately owned company specialised in designing and manufacturing of physiological monitoring solutions, has joined 18 other companies, including IBM, Intel, Motorola, Philips Electronics and Welch Allyn, in a Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) Medical Devices Working Group to create a Bluetooth Medical Device Profile.

Once ratified, the new protocol would enable health-related devices, such as weight scales, blood pressure monitors and exercise equipment, to communicate wirelessly with other Bluetooth-enabled medical devices and consumer electronics products, such as cell phones, PCs and PDAs. Standardised wireless communications will help improve care — and reduce the need for costly office, home and emergency room visits. Participation in the Bluetooth Working Group is a logical step for Nonin, which, in 2002, became the first company to commercialise a Bluetooth-enabled pulse oximeter, a device that measures blood oxygen saturation.

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