SAN DIEGO, Calif. – This year alone, Qualcomm Life has announced partnerships with major health care players like Philips, Boehringer Ingelheim, Medtronic, Novartis and UnitedHealthcare, to name a few, establishing its 2net Hub and 2net Mobile products as the backbone of home health technology.
“We’re 100% focused on taking our know-how and enabling an entire infrastructure of connectivity in health care,” said Dr. James Mault, Qualcomm Life vice president and chief medical officer.
Qualcomm, a leader in mobile ideas and inventions for the past 30 years, turned its sights to harnessing the power of health care data with the creation of Qualcomm Life five years ago. Looking at what has historically been an “antiquated, haphazard model of health care,” Qualcomm Life has strived to create a flow of information, said Mault.
Qualcomm Life’s 2net Hub integrates about 100 short-range radios, including Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart and wi-fi, enabling flexible connectivity across a broad ecosystem of medical devices. The 2net Mobile platform offers compatibility and connectivity with mobile phones and tablets, and operating system combinations.
“Our user manual has three words: Plug it in,” said Mault. “That’s literally all you have to do.”
Once the 2net Hub is plugged in, it will automatically boot up and find any device that is in its ecosystem. The hub will pair with these devices and establish a secure connection, collect the data and send it to the cloud.
“Our connections are all about the end user,” Mault said. “No one approach is going to work for everybody, so there has to be a robust variety.”
What sets Qualcomm Life apart, said Mault, is its commitment to quality.
“We’ve built a medical-grade, effortless backbone that enables a medical-grade ecosystem of many devices,” he said. “It’s got FDA-level safety, HIPAA-level privacy and security, and we take on all of the liability—who else does that?”
What Qualcomm Life offers may not be flashy, but it’s desperately needed in health care.
“We need a smart system to show the providers which patients need more attention so we can allocate our precious health care resources to the people who need it, not those who are doing just fine,” said Mault. “This moves us from an episodic model of care to an intelligent continuous care model.”