Nonin Medical, Inc. announced that it has made history with the first Continua Certified product. The Nonin 2500 PalmSAT handheld pulse oximeter with USB is the first product to be certified to meet the Continua design guidelines. With the award-winning Bluetooth Onyx II, Model 9560 currently in the process of certification, Nonin Medical plans to offer Continua compliant tools across its product lines. "I'm proud to welcome the first Continua Certified product to the global marketplace from industry leader and Continua Promoter member Nonin Medical, Inc," said David Whitlinger, Continua Health Alliance President. "Nonin Medical's engineers have worked diligently with other telehealth leaders in the alliance to produce the Continua Version One Guidelines, with the goal of building Continua's vision for interoperable and personal healthcare." Information exchange and interoperability promise to deliver enormous benefits to healthcare systems and telemedicine programs - patients will have better information about their health status and clinicians will have the ability to monitor vital signs with much greater ease. "Based on our experience, we believe patients will appreciate these broadened options to help them manage their health, and the healthcare system will save money having an entire ecosystem of products that work together," said Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Founder and Director of the Center for Connected Health, Boston. "In today's global economy, that's a win-win."