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Qualcomm biometric patches allow patient monitoring

Steve Rogerson
October 10, 2017
Qualcomm Life has designed and developed reference designs for connected and medical-grade biometric patches that will enable intelligent care models, from perioperative care to assessing the impact of therapeutic interventions.
Designed to allow health care professionals to monitor patients across the care continuum with access to near real-time data, the patches measure biometric parameters, including clinical thermometry and sophisticated motion measurements.
Texas-based Benchmark Electronics, a provider of integrated electronics manufacturing, design and engineering services, will license the reference designs and serve as the device design and manufacturer of record with the FDA for these sensors.
"This wearable patch technology will be transformative in its ability to provide timely and accurate data to enable care providers to make better-informed decisions," said James Mault, senior vice president at Qualcomm Life. "Utilising Qualcomm's 30 years of leadership in inventing new connected things, this low-power, cost-effective, single-use design will fuel new, scalable care models as we transition as an industry from episodic, reactive care to more continuous, proactive, intelligent care."
As a part of the collaboration, Qualcomm and Benchmark Electronics entered a healthcare product licence agreement, which allows Benchmark to license reference designs for Qualcomm Life's biometric patches. Clinical validation is currently underway, and the patches are slated to be commercially available through Benchmark next year.
"We are thrilled to work with Qualcomm Life, a global leader in inventing revolutionary connected technologies, to create a new packaged sensor offering for health care companies that is economical, secure and user friendly," said Paul Tufano, CEO of Benchmark Electronics. "This collaboration aligns with our mission to deliver high-value solutions and innovative technology for our customers."
The patches were developed on Qualcomm Life's 2Net Design, a reference design platform for electronics modules that power connected medical devices, including disposable drug delivery devices and disposable diagnostic devices. The platform leverages Qualcomm's expertise in developing reference designs for wireless, power-efficient, small-integrated modules to create smarter, more affordable and intuitive medical devices.
At India Mobile Congress, Borqs announced a range of commercial-ready smartwatch and tracker designs based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear platforms, as well as connected IoT modules and development boards based on Qualcomm platforms to help device manufacturers accelerate the design, development and deployment of IoT products for Indian consumers.