IEEE 11073 Personal Health Devices

Standards-compliant interoperability

The telecare and telehealth markets are characterised by proprietary technologies that don’t interoperate. The IEEE 11073 standard (endorsed by the Continua Alliance) are an attempt to fix this, and Acute Technology has developed technology that implements these standards for three research projects.

Please look at the conference paper on the IEEE 11073 standards

We made wireless radio modules are compliant with the ZigBee Healthcare Profile (which implements IEEE 11073 standards) and installed these in these devices from several manufacturers:

  • Blood pressure monitors
  • Weighing scales
  • Medication dispensers
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Blood glucose meters
  • Chair sensors
  • Bed sensors
  • PIR motion sensors
  • Temperature sensors
  • Humidity sensors

The Research Projects

We provided all of the hardware for three research projects which tested the IEEE 11073 standards in the real world:

  • Project Hydra moved blood pressure and weight data through smart meter telecoms networks (so show that the smart meter networks could deliver other value-added services into people’s homes).
  • The inCasa project deployed both activity sensors (bed and chair occupancy sensors and PIR motion sensors) as well as physiological sensors (SpO2, blood pressure, weight) and looked for correlations between changes of behaviour and changes in physiology. See the report of results
  • The Reaction project gathered blood pressure and blood glucose measurements from diabetics for 2 weeks prior to their GP appointment. This Reaction_Presentation showed that patients could self-install the telehealth equipment, including the Healthcare Gateway


Zigbee Radio Modules

If you are a manufacturer of personal health devices then we can supply the wireless radio modules – in a number of form factors – to install in your own telecare or telehealth device. The Hydra Radio Module (HRM) is a family of PCB assemblies that can connect a wide variety of sensors to a ZigBee low-power wireless network.

HZM ZigBee Radio Board