NOAHlink safety and security issues

Pacemakers

Patients wearing pacemakers may use NOAHlink without undue concern.

HIMSA has investigated this issue and discovered that the NOAHlink safe margin of operation is met: the distance between the antenna of NOAHlink's transmitter is 15mm from the outer surface of the NOAHlink case and is, therefore, within the recommended safe distance.

Recharging batteries

IMPORTANT: HIMSA strongly recommends that you use the rechargeable battery that comes with your NOAHlink unit.

If for some reason you need to use a different battery in your NOAHlink, please follow these guidelines:

  • A NOAHlink battery must provide between 1.2 and 1.5 V.
  • We highly recommend that you choose a Ni-Mh rechargeable battery, since it can be recharged in the NOAHlink cradle.
  • If you choose another type of battery, such as an alkaline battery, you must NEVER attempt to recharge it in the NOAHlink cradle, even though it claims to be rechargeable. This may result in battery leakage and damage to the NOAHlink unit.

HIPAA security regulations

Some customers have expressed concerns about installing NOAHlink because they believe its Bluetooth technology may violate HIPAA security regulations and allow unauthorized access to their patient information.

Such concerns are unfounded. Although Bluetooth supports networking, this is not implemented with NOAHlink. Only the Bluetooth COM interfaces are implemented. Therefore, HIPAA security requirements are not applicable to NOAHlink.