Orange taps NFC, Bluetooth for new healthcare deal

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Orange is using NFC and Bluetooth to connect the healthcare products of TAPCheck after agreeing to host the manufacturer's apps on its computing platform.

A new deal between the companies will see Orange connect medical equipment such as connected glucose monitors, tensiometers, thermometers, scales and activity sensors in hospitals across Europe.

Information from the connected devices will be sent using NFC or Bluetooth to Orange's Healthcare Data Hosting Platform, which will securely host all data. By connecting medial devices, healthcare workers will be able to view all of a patient's personal data, as well as view their medical history, using an app.

Director of Orange Healthcare Thierry Zylberberg said: "This partnership agreement between TAPcheck and Orange  will support the development and personalisation of medical aftercare, thanks to the use of connected objects within hospitals and in the context of home care or hospital care in the home. It is a tool for medico-economic rationalisation in the service of patient comfort and targeted medicine."

Alain Chemla, Chairman of TAPcheck, added: "The emergence of new technologies that are adapted to and integrated into medical devices or health monitoring products will allow us to gradually bring about a revolution in individual health monitoring and consciousness. The harmonisation of the requirements in this regard and their adaptation thanks to the assistance and the involvement of health professionals will ensure that the Orange/TAPcheck partnership proves to be a continued success."

According to recent research from Machina, the number of connected devices in the healthcare sector is set to leap from fewer than 100 million in 2013, to 847 million by 2023.

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