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Qualcomm, vitaphone to give spur to remote patient monitoring

Iain Morris
December 17, 2014
Chipmaker Qualcomm has revealed it is collaborating with telemonitoring player vitaphone e-health solutions on the development of new remote monitoring technology for the healthcare industry.

The partnership is intended to produce technology that is capable of capturing biometric data from medical devices and using this to improve coordination across a patient’s care team.

The tie-up will see vitaphone (Mannheim, Germany) integrate its technology with Qualcomm’s open ecosystem of connected medical devices, allowing the former to launch chronic disease management programs making use of blood pressure monitors, weight scales, spirometers, pulse oximeters, thermometers and glucose meters from other ecosystem members.

“We believe the future lies in being a solution provider that can help health care providers remotely monitor any patient for any condition and make the information available to the entire care team, rather than bringing a single-device or single-condition solution to the table,” said Brad Tritle, the president and chief executive of vitaphone USA. “Qualcomm Life’s transformational platforms will enable us to further tailor telemedicine service-based solutions to our clients’ needs.”

Qualcomm (San Diego, CA, USA) lauded vitaphone’s efforts so far to develop a remote patient monitoring technology that will allow care providers to automate clinical workflow.

“They selected Qualcomm Life because our platforms enable collaborative functionalities across a patient’s care team as well as unparalleled interoperability and a device agnostic approach in developing their chronic care solutions,” said Rick Valencia, the senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Life.

vitaphone claims to have designed what it calls a clinical call center that will monitor, engage with and educate patients while filtering their biometric data on behalf of healthcare providers.

The service is intended to prevent data overload and “alert fatigue” by engaging healthcare providers through exception-based management, says vitaphone.

The company also claims that recent studies indicate the use of its technology has led to a 21% reduction in hospitalizations in Germany, and a greater than 50% reduction in mortality during the first year of monitoring.