by Gus Iversen
, Editor in Chief | August 31, 2016
Royal Philips and Qualcomm Life have entered a "strategic technology collaboration" to advance security and interoperability for personal connected health solutions.
By coupling Philips' leadership in connected health informatics and regulated health care cloud data management and analytics with Qualcomm Life's expertise in secure and connected medical-grade devices, the two companies hope to offer care providers scalable, enhanced and connected solutions and services within a secure global ecosystem.
Qualcomm Life's 2net Platform will provide HIPAA-compliant and FDA-approved medical device connectivity to the Philips HealthSuite — a cloud-enabled health ecosystem of devices, apps and digital tools — while HealthSuite will in turn serve as a secure data storage solution for the information acquired through the connectivity. Together, the companies will set their sights on improving patient care beyond hospital walls and consequently lowering cost burdens on providers and the health care system as a whole.
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A statement announcing the partnership said an example of the collaboration will go live shortly with Philips' Trilogy ventilator family and Care Orchestrator care management application to advance care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and other respiratory conditions.
"As the home is fast becoming a viable care setting, care providers, home health agencies, and other institutions are increasingly using connected care to reduce emergency care, readmissions of patients with chronic diseases," said Jeroen Tas, CEO, Connected Care and Health Informatics at Philips.
For Qualcomm Life (which is a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc.), the partnership also means the opportunity to tap into the value of health data through data normalization, aggregation and analytics. Its customers will now have direct access to build applications, integrate with EHRs, store normalized data, run analytics, and manage authorization and consents in a compliant and secure environment.
By entering the 2net ecosystem, Philips HealthSuite users will have seamless access to a wide array of connected medical devices including medication dispensers, medical grade biosensors, ventilators, blood pressure monitors, point-of-care self-tests, and blood glucose meters.
"By collaborating with Qualcomm Life and leveraging its connectivity and wireless expertise, we aim to help care providers to engage better with their patients and contribute to the goal of improving outcomes," Tas said. "Patient self-management combined with 24/7 connectivity to a care network is an emerging model that enables scalable chronic disease management for patients and providers."
Philips will leverage the 2net Platform to connect both Philips and third-party medial devices.
The partnership was announced at Connect 2016, Qualcomm Life's connect health ecosystem conference. At the event, the company also announced that it would work with drug company Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals to develop a disposable, wireless connectivity module for its Respimat inhaler, which dispenses medication that treats COPD.