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Qualcomm and Walgreens collaborate on connected health

Steve Rogerson
January 7, 2015
Qualcomm Life has entered a connected health collaboration with US pharmacy chain Walgreens. In an announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Qualcomm said its 2net platform would support Walgreens’ mobile and web applications and its Balance Rewards for healthy choices programme with robust medical device connectivity and care coordination capabilities.

The collaboration will allow remote patient monitoring, transitional care support and chronic care management through a secure and seamless transmission of biometric data from patients’ connected medical devices.

“Whether transitioning from a hospital to the home or managing a chronic condition such as heart disease or diabetes, Walgreens connectivity solution powered by Qualcomm Life will allow us to help our customers achieve improved health through regular biometric communication with their providers,” said Adam Pellegrini, Walgreens divisional vice president of digital health. “Additionally, Qualcomm Life’s platforms help us to reward participating customers for their choice to become more informed and engaged in their health care.”

Balance Rewards members earn points for participating in various health-related programmes and tracking progress towards a goal. With medical device connectivity powered by Qualcomm, members can sync selected m-health devices directly to their Balance Rewards account, earning points and enabling pharmacists to access biometrics and health status information electronically.

Compatible Walgreens devices include a wrist-worn blood pressure cuff, a traditional blood pressure cuff and a blood glucose meter. The Walgreens applications and Qualcomm-enabled branded devices will be available to consumers in the first half of this year.

“As the nation’s largest retail pharmacy with over 8200 stores nationwide and with 82 million Balance Rewards members, Walgreens penetration and reach exponentially expands the impact our collaboration can have on patient management, and underscores our vision for a world with access to care anytime and anywhere,” said Rick Valencia, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Life. “This collaboration is a powerful demonstration of how our 2net platform can amplify proven tools and solutions to enhance a patient’s health and experience.”

At CES, the companies demonstrated the collaboration’s potential impact on transitional care management and coordinated chronic care management.