The Health Communications SIG Presents...


Do you or someone you know suffer from a chronic disease?  If you do, you are not alone.  Over 600 million people worldwide suffer from chronic diseases, all while health care costs are skyrocketing.  Telehealth is one avenue that leads to improvement in healthy living.  

With the personal telehealth ecosystem on the cusp of incredible growth, the collective industries of Continua Health Alliance  now have a window of opportunity to accelerate the telehealth movement by collaborating on standards and guidelines.  This will enable an ecosystem where many diverse vendors can combine their products into new value propositions. 

At CommNexus’ Health Communications SIG, attendees will be introduced to Continua Health Alliance (, an international alliance of 170+ technology, healthcare, and fitness companies dedicated to establishing an ecosystem of connected personal health and fitness products and services.

Mr. Cnossen, Technical Working Group Chair for Continua Health Alliance, will inform attendees of the alliance's efforts in telehealth and how the organization works to make it possible for patients, caregivers, and health care providers to proactively address ongoing health care needs.  He will review the Use Cases, detail the standards that constitute the Version 1 Guidelines, and discuss upcoming industry opportunities and needs.

This is your opportunity to learn about the latest products and services that are available to improve the quality of life for people worldwide, so remember to bring your questions!


Rick Cnossen
Personal Health Enabling; Intel Corporation- Digital Health Group,
Continua Health Alliance Technical Working Group, Chair

Rick holds a MSCS degree from the University of Southern California (USC).  He worked at McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) for 15 years as a Software Engineer, Architect, and Manager on a variety of Aerospace and Defense projects and at Intel Corporation for 8 years as an Engineering Manager and Director.  During this time, he has been involved in many industry technology and standards development efforts including Advanced Telecommunications Architecture (ATCA) Manageability Specification, Tactical Defense data collection / analysis, Hierarchical Data Assimilation and Storage, and High Performance Computing.  Rick is currently leading a team in Intel’s Digital Health Standards & Policy Division that is focused on medical device interoperability standards and eco-system enabling activities.  He currently holds Chair positions for the Continua Health Alliance Technical Working Group (WG) and for the ISO/IEEE 11073 Medical Device Communications WG and is a participating member of the ISO/IEEE 11073 Personal Health Data WG, the HITSP Consumer Perspectives Technical Committee, the Health Level Seven (HL7) Structured Document Technical Committee, and the Bluetooth Medical Device Profile WG.

December 3, 2008

5:30PM Registration/ Networking
6:00PM Event Begins
7:30PM Event Ends

$10.00 Pre-Register (before noon on 12/4)
$20.00 At the Door


12544 High Bluff Drive, Third Floor
San Diego, CA 92130

SIG Co-Chairs:

Peter Pardee, Hughes Network Systems
Alean Kirnak, Software Partners
Paul Hedtke, Qualcomm
Don Jones, Qualcomm
Gary Augusta, OCTANe


Wednesday, December 03, 2008
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12544 High Bluff Drive, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92130