Continua Health Alliance, a coalition of 230 health care and technology vendors advocating interoperable personal health systems, is developing a certification program for wireless personal health devices. These include monitors, scales and pedometers, as well as services delivered via mobile phones such as personal health records and Web-based diet and wellness coaching services.

The alliance is working with the Global Certification Forum, an independent certifier of mobile phones and other wireless devices that meet criteria on a common set of tests. The 220-member forum's testing services assure mobile operators of a wireless device's interoperability across different networks to minimize duplication of testing and reduce time-to-market for new products.

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