Continua Health Alliance intends to make the delivery of medical care via telephone and Internet a universal, interoperable reality.
They are focusing on using information technology to link biomedical devices into a seamlessly interoperable telemedicine network for health care delivery.
Continua has 4 primary goals:
1. writing telemedicine guidelines,
2. minting a certification program that consumers will recognize,
3. removing regulatory impediments to the practice of telemedicine,
4. getting payers to pony up for telemedicine services,
The 4th goal is the most important to the growth of the telemedicine marketplace.
The mission is to:
"Fostering independence through establishing a system of interoperable personal telehealth solutions that empower people and organizations to better manage health and wellness."
There is a lot of great information on this website. Organizations and collaboration like this are critical to the growth of telemedicine.