Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Qualcomm buys Capsule to increase connected health offering

Steve Rogerson
September 22, 2015
Qualcomm has acquired Capsule Technologie, a Massachusetts-based provider of medical device integration and clinical data management technology with more than 1930 hospital clients in 38 countries. Capsule will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Life.
The acquisition of Capsule extends the California company's connected health offerings into the hospital, creating a more seamless care continuum from hospital to home and all points in between. By combining Qualcomm Life's wireless expertise and ecosystem of connected medical devices outside of the hospital with Capsule's ability to connect medical devices, EMRs and IT systems across the hospital enterprise, Qualcomm Life says it is creating one of the world's largest open connected health ecosystems to deliver intelligent care everywhere.
"Qualcomm is focused on strengthening its position in specific internet of everything verticals, like healthcare," said Derek Aberle, president of Qualcomm. "The acquisition of Capsule expands the breadth of our healthcare platform, enabling us to provide connectivity for the entire care continuum and create one of the world's largest connected health ecosystems. This will be an important step in advancing the internet of medical things."
Capsule's medical device integration and clinical data management platform enables data collection, EMR and health IT system integration and monitoring in one of the largest ecosystems of connected devices inside the hospital. Capsule's smart networking goes beyond device integration by delivering timely clinical data to various in-hospital decision support systems, alarm and notification systems, and asset management tools, which help reduce latency and transcription errors to ensure timely, informed care.
"As health care continues to move into the home and ambulatory settings and outside of traditional care areas such as the hospital, the convergence of medical device data from wherever the patient is located is critically important," said Gene Cattarina, CEO of Capsule. "Together, Qualcomm Life and Capsule will power this convergence by making data more accessible and interoperable among care teams to provide true continuity of care at the hospital, in the home and at all points in between."