Telecom Lead America: The 2012 mHealth Summit in the U.S. has become the center for debating mobile health opportunities. Companies such as Qualcomm Life and Orange are part of the event.
mHealth (mobile health) is creating several opportunities for telecom equipment vendors and service providers.
At the 2012 mHealth Summit at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C., December 3-5, Qualcomm Life said it is collaborating with new technology partners and customers who are leveraging Qualcomm’s 2net Platform and Hub to enable wireless connectivity of medical devices and applications.
Qualcomm Life said its 2net Platform and Hub, which are already available in the U.S. and Europe, are also now available in Canada.
“Qualcomm Life has expanded its footprint dramatically over the past year, and we now offer our customers and partners one-stop shopping for wireless enablement of their healthcare solutions across the greater part of two continents,” said Rick Valencia, vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Life.
Toronto-based remote health provider Ideal Life has chosen Orange Business Services to expand its remote monitoring solutions for wellness and chronic conditions to an international audience. Orange will provide machine to machine (M2M) wireless connectivity for Ideal Life in Europe and Latin America, promoting remote care to the home and preventing non-critical re-admissions of patients to hospitals.
Harvey Goldberg, CEO of Ideal Life, said: “For healthcare enterprises in these regions, our expanded services will lead to better regulatory compliance, improve their migration to electronic medical records (EMR) and reduce costs. For patients, we can offer a better quality of life with comprehensive and reliable care to more homes, thereby reducing hospital stays and providing around the clock, non-obtrusive preventive care.”
Ideal Life will be offering new medical hubs containing Orange SIM cards. These hubs will reside in the home, collecting data from a variety of health-related devices, from blood pressure monitors to glucose, oxygen saturation and heart rate meters.
Once collected, this information is transmitted in real time over the Orange network to physicians who can access it using a variety of devices such as tablets, smartphones and traditional PCs. The application can also format the data into a standardized EMR, improving compliance with recent legislation requiring such records.
Thierry Zylberberg, executive vice president, Orange Healthcare, a division dedicated to developing e-health solutions, said: “Combining our expertise in e-health with our global M2M solutions, Orange is well placed to deliver advanced m-Health services to our customers like Ideal Life, and in turn to their patients, health professionals, caregivers and insurance carriers, with the goal in part to offer patients and their families peace of mind.”
Meanwhile, Ingram Micro, technology distributor, is simplifying the deployment and use of mobile health technologies by delivering device aggregation and activation services that pair various wireless medical devices with a single 2net Hub.
Paul Bay, acting president, Ingram Micro North America, said: “By leveraging Ingram Micro’s global scale and the investments we’ve made to optimize and specialize our business around mobile, including the recent acquisition of BrightPoint, Qualcomm Life will be well positioned to build greater business efficiencies that can help accelerate demand for its 2net Platform and Hub and help drive down go-to-market costs.”
HealthyCircles, an enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution delivering integrated care coordination and management, will leverage the 2net Platform to enable patients and providers the ability to easily collect and monitor vital health information with actionable data that is readily accessible and shareable with a patient’s care team.
“This strategic collaboration with Qualcomm Life will enhance the HealthyCircles offering with a comprehensive portfolio of wireless devices and seamless transmission of biometric data to enable proactive care management and care team coordination,” said James Mault, HealthyCircles’ Founder and Chief Strategy Officer.
Also, the 2net Platform will help enable MD Revolution’s SaaS solution, RevUp, a scalable wellness solution for corporations and physician practices that aggregates genetic and health data with mobile device data, automates the diagnostic process and provides an individual with a personalized treatment and wellness plan.