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Qualcomm Life flags new connected health partnerships

Iain Morris
August 20, 2014
Qualcomm Life, the semiconductor player’s connected health unit, has announced details of new partnerships with ResMed, King’s Daughters Medical Center and CareCentrix, which plan to draw on Qualcomm’s expertise to improve healthcare for patients with chronic conditions.

The organizations will be able to use Qualcomm’s 2net and HealthyCircles platforms, giving them access to an ecosystem of medical device applications and service companies in the healthcare industry.

“This is a very exciting time in the connected health space and we are pleased to have these innovative companies join in our mission to mobilize health care to increase access to care and improve patient outcomes,” said Rick Valencia, senior vice president and general manager for Qualcomm Life (San Diego, CA, USA). “With more than 400 companies in the Qualcomm Life Ecosystem, we are uniquely positioned to reinvent health care by shifting connected health solutions from a novel technology to a standard of care.”

ResMed (San Diego, CA, USA) develops medical equipment for sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory disorders and will use Qualcomm’s technology to support patients moving from hospitals back into their homes.

Qualcomm says the company will integrate the 2net hub and platform with its life support ventilators so that it can capture and transfer near real-time biometric data to the HealthyCircles care coordination platform, allowing care teams to monitor the wellbeing of patients.

ResMed is also to make use of HealthCircles in tandem with its continuous positive airway pressure device, allowing hospitals and care providers to monitor patients and prevent hospital readmissions.

“Working with Qualcomm Life extends our data solutions into the next-generation of remote patient monitoring solutions,” said Jeremy Malecha, a senior director of product management with ResMed-Americas. “The 2net and HealthyCircles Platforms infrastructure streamlines data collection and transmission, enabling continuous, quality respiratory care for patients beyond the hospital.”

Meanwhile, King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) – based in Ashland, Kentucky – will team up with Qualcomm to provide support to patients with complex healthcare needs.

The organization’s services are focused on patients with heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, and KDMC says it will increase “touch points” in the rural community through use of the 2net and HealthyCircles platforms.

“Qualcomm Life’s strong leadership in the connected health space makes them the ideal collaborator for our preventative, transitional and complex care services,” said Matt Ebaugh, chief strategy officer at KDMC. “The 2net and HealthyCircles Platforms will allow us to develop reliable and cost-effective complex care coordination and management solutions to closely monitor and care for our high-risk patients in rural communities.”

Finally, CareCentrix (Hartford, CT, USA) – which manages a network of home healthcare providers – hopes the partnership with Qualcomm will lead to improvements in the level of care it can offer patients in their homes.

“Collaborating with Qualcomm Life will help us build on our long track record of driving value for health plans and providers in the post-acute arena,” said John Driscoll, CareCentrix’s chief executive.
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