Continua Design Guidelines - Version 2015

Continua's Design Guidelines contains references to the standards and specifications that Continua selected for ensuring interoperability of devices. It also contains additional Design Guidelines for interoperability that further clarify these standards and specifications by reducing options in the underlying standard or specification or by adding a feature missing in the underlying standard or specification.

These guidelines focus on the following interfaces:
PAN-IF - Interface to Personal Area Network health devices.
xHRN-IF - Interface between Disease Management Services (DMS) WAN devices (xHR Senders) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) devices (xHR Receivers).

These guidelines were specifically written for device manufacturers that intend to go through the Continua Certification process with their devices, companies that integrate Continua devices in systems and subsystems, and test labs that certify compliance to Continua specifications.

Guidelines Order Form

Continua members may download the Design Guidelines for free.

Non-members are invited to request an electronic copy of the Version 2014 design guidelines by filling out the Continua Guidelines Order Form and submitting it to If you would like to purchase a hardcopy of the Version 2014 Design Guidelines, please complete the Continua Guidelines Hardcopy Order Form.

Public Commenting: Non-members are also invited to comment on the most current version of the Continua Design Guidelines.  The Comments form can be submitted from here.  All comments, from members of Continua and from non-members alike, will be reviewed and addressed in the next round of development.


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