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Nonin Medical, Inc. Makes History With the First Continua(TM) Certified Product

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 General News J E 4
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MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 26 Nonin Medical, Inc., a leadinginnovator of physiological monitoring solutions, made history today byannouncing the first Continua(TM) Certified product. The Nonin 2500 PalmSAT(R)handheld pulse oximeter with USB is the first product to be certified to meetthe Continua design guidelines. With the award-winning Bluetooth(R) Onyx(R)II, Model 9560 currently in the process of certification, Nonin Medical plansto offer Continua compliant tools across its product lines.

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"I'm proud to welcome the first Continua Certified product to the globalmarketplace from industry leader and Continua Promoter member Nonin Medical,Inc.," said David Whitlinger, Continua Health Alliance President. "NoninMedical's engineers have worked diligently with other telehealth leaders inthe alliance to produce the Continua Version One Guidelines, with the goal ofbuilding Continua's vision for interoperable and personal healthcare."

Information exchange and interoperability promise to deliver enormousbenefits to healthcare systems and telemedicine programs -- patients will havebetter information about their health status and clinicians will have theability to monitor vital signs with much greater ease. "Based on ourexperience, we believe patients will appreciate these broadened options tohelp them manage their health, and the healthcare system will save moneyhaving an entire ecosystem of products that work together," said Dr. JosephKvedar, Founder and Director of the Center for Connected Health, Boston. "Intoday's global economy, that's a win-win."

Nonin has been a key contributor in the architecture of interoperablestandards, including ISO/IEEE 11073, USB Personal Healthcare Device Class(PHDC) and Bluetooth(R) Health Device Profile (HDP) -- all part of theContinua Alliance Certification requirements. Dedicated to developingcross-industry standards to reduce the cost of healthcare, Nonin is workingwith a wide array of Continua partners to achieve this goal. "This kind ofdedication and foresight from companies such as Nonin Medical ensure this isonly the beginning of Continua's personal telehealth ecosystem," said DavidWhitlinger. "As we usher in 2009, Continua will continue to certify a varietyof our membership's products, thereby furthering our mission of truly personalhealth and wellness."

Nonin's physiological monitoring products for telemedicine are theprevailing gold standard for vital sign assessment of a wide range of chronicdisease conditions, such as COPD, CHF and asthma. Trusted by cliniciansworldwide, Nonin's products touch millions of individuals daily. Making itsvision of an interoperable personal health ecosystem a reality, Nonincontinues to actively invest and develop innovative technologies and educationtools for patient empowerment, wellness advocates, healthcare providers, andmanufacturers.

About Nonin Medical, Inc. -- http://www.nonin.com

Minneapolis-based Nonin Medical, Inc. is a privately owned companyspecializing in the design and manufacturing of noninvasive physiologicalmonitoring solutions. Nonin distributes its products to health professionalsin more than 125 countries and has over 90 OEM partners worldwide. Nonin'sindustry-leading capabilities in signal processing and sensor design, plus itson-going integration of features not available in competitive products, arethe foundation of its leadership in innovation.

About the Continua Health Alliance -- http://www.continuaalliance.org

The Continua Health Alliance is a non-profit, open industry coalition ofthe finest healthcare and technology companies joining together incollaboration to improve the quality of personal healthcare. With more than170 member companies around the world, Continua is dedicated to establishing asystem of interoperable personal health solutions with the knowledge thatextending those solutions into the home fosters independence, empowersindividuals and provides the opportunity for truly personalized health andwellness management.

SOURCE Nonin Medical, Inc.
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