Wireless companies start to invest in the potential of wireless-enabled healthcare solutions, combining M2M and cloud technologies to create new mHealth services. Guy Daniels reports.
Wireless vendor Qualcomm has moved its Wireless Health operations into a new, wholly owned subsidiary, called Qualcomm Life, and has established a $100 million investment fund for mHealth ventures. The Qualcomm Life Fund will be part of the existing allocation for Qualcomm Ventures, but will specifically focus on mHealth business initiatives. The company has already invested in five wireless health companies: Sotera Wireless, Telcare, AliveCor, Cambridge Temperature Concepts and WorkSmart Labs.
Qualcomm Life’s first commercial solutions, the 2net Platform and Hub, are now available in the US and are designed to interconnect wireless medical devices via cloud-based solutions for the transfer of biometric data.
Speaking at the third annual mHealth Summit in Washington, DC, Rick Valencia, VP and general manager of Qualcomm Life, said that more than 40 customers and collaborators are either using or considering the 2net platform:
“Qualcomm Life was founded, in part, to assist medical device manufacturers who approached Qualcomm for help when their own wireless connectivity attempts became untenable due to technology selection errors, un-scalable deployment models and prohibitively high operational support costs. Our services remove the burden for medical device manufacturers of a large technical development effort, providing integration with mobile carriers and solving the operational complexities of supporting wireless medical device data in the field.”
The solution enables health care services companies to combine different disease management solutions based on multiple medical devices that can communicate with one another and with a single user interface for patients, their providers and caregivers. Data is obtained from a patient’s medical device through several gateways, such as the 2net Hub, a mobile phone or APIs that connect to the customer service platform. Once the data is acquired it is encrypted and then stored in the 2net Platform over a wireless cellular connection, where it is then transferred to the end-user’s device. Don Jones, VP of global strategy and market development for Qualcomm Life, added:
“We believe the 2net Platform and Hub’s promotion of medical device connectivity will enable a sea change in health care, where we observe stressed medical systems burdened by a mounting prevalence of chronic disease.”
Richard Strobridge, CEO of Entra Health Systems, one of the firms using the platform, said it would expand his company’s ability to connect patients with caregivers and health professionals by providing a direct wireless connection within every home:
“Integration with the 2net ecosystem will open up new markets for MyGlucoHealth Wireless blood glucose meter and diabetes management system within senior care, home health care and assisted living where patients have limited access to wireless technology.”
Valencia said the company is planning a similar launch in Europe next year.
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