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August 19, 2014

Wireless Device Manufacturer to Help Provide In-Home Healthcare

A global semiconductor and wireless device manufacturer reported last week on its developing relationship with several medical providers to help advance care both inside and outside hospitals and to better reach at-risk populations.

Qualcomm Life Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, is now working with Resmed, a manufacturer of products that treat sleep disorders, King's Daughters Medical Center, a hospital in Ashland, Ky., and CareCentrix, a medical organization that focuses on in-home care. Qualcomm Life provides wireless data collection products that can help devices deliver information about patient care and therefore allow practitioners to make informed decisions about patient care.

Rick Valencia, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Life, spoke about how those wireless solutions can help advance the overall state of medical care and the company's partnership with the various medical entities.

"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," Valencia said. "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."

Qualcomm Life will be using its cloud-based 2net platform to deliver wireless connections between devices and information receivers. It allows for SSL encrypted data transfers over the 2net Hub by using a 2net software module; through a 2net mobile core that functions through Android protocol; through mobile devices that have an embedded cellular component; or through service platforms that take advantage of application programming interfaces. In short, the 2net platform is made to deliver connections through various methods and keep patient devices linked to their practitioners.

ResMed will be integrating 2net with its Astral 100 and Astral 150 life support ventilators. King's Daughters Medical Center will be working with 2net to help connect rural patients in Ohio and West Virginia with their community-based health providers.

John Driscoll, CareCentrix CEO spoke about his organizations' support of the 2net product.

"We are passionately committed to creating a world where anyone can age and heal in the comfort of their home," Driscoll said. "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."

Edited by Maurice Nagle
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