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Qualcomm Wireless Health Launches the Qualcomm Wireless Fitness Challenge

2011年7月14日

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Qualcomm Fitness Challenge

As you all know, Qualcomm is committed to helping companies in the medical device, pharmaceutical and health service industries to innovate new connected mobile health solutions and business models. For years we have been working to build a global industry ecosystem to accelerate the convergence of wireless and health care, and to promote the many benefits that wireless health affords consumers, physicians, and the broken health care system as a whole.

Our Wireless Health group colleagues are personally committing themselves to the industry by launching the Qualcomm Wireless Fitness Challenge (QWFC), an internal Qualcomm competition that leverages the latest wireless technologies to improve our health and fitness. We have been divided into four, all-star teams comprised of thirty-two participants spanning four countries and three continents.

In order to track our progress in real-time, each of us has selected a Withings weight scale and/or a BodyMedia FIT armband to capture our weight loss, calories burned, sleep and activity levels. These devices wirelessly send our health data to the cloud, where we have built a platform that seamlessly “mashes up” our information from both devices and leverages the BodyMedia analytics.

Over the course of the QWFC I will be updating all of you on our experiences, (hopefully!) weight loss and improved fitness levels, and of course, the team rankings. I may be biased, but my team seems like a shoe-in for the grand prize! Get ready for video testimonials and photos of our team struggling together through the QWFC!

Don Jones

Vice President, Global Strategy and Market Development Qualcomm Life

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ORB, by mPowering, celebrates one year of empowering frontline health workers with access to educational resources

Guest blogger Lesley-Anne Long is Global Director of mPowering Frontline Health Workers. She provides strategic leadership to mPowering and coordinates across mHealth, maternal and child health advisors, program implementers, government officials, private sector, NGOs and others focusing on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The views expressed are the author’s own, and do not necessarily represent the views of Qualcomm.

 

Recently, a reception was held in Washington D.C. to commemorate the one-year anniversary of ORB, an mHealth content platform created by mPowering for frontline health workers.

Angela Baker, Director of Qualcomm Wireless Reach, welcomed an audience of attendees from U.S. government and international agencies, non-profits, social enterprises, and academics.

As the Global Health Director of mPowering Frontline Health Workers, I am proud of how far we have come in just one year.

mPowering, a partnership of private sector, government, donors, and program implementers  created ORB to help governments, training institutions, NGOs and health workers access high quality training resources quickly, wherever they are in the world. As a core part of mPowering’s new comprehensive training approach, ORB’s content is helping health workers gain critical knowledge and skills to improve the quality of care they provide to their communities. 

Partnering with mPowering frontline health workers

At the reception, Baker talked about Wireless Reach’s goal to create sustainable, advanced wireless programs that strengthen economic and social development across multiple sectors. She described the importance of strategic and effective collaborations such as the one Wireless Reach has with mPowering.

As a founding member of mPowering, Wireless Reach has contributed to mPowering’s goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths by harnessing the power of mobile technologies. As ORB celebrated its first birthday, Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health and the Child & Maternal Survival Coordinator at the Bureau of Global Health at USAID, reminded us of the potential that frontline health workers have to save lives. Pablos-Mendez emphasized the critical importance of quality training, support and mentorship for health workers, and commended the mPowering partnership for its work in creating ORB as an accessible library for frontline health workers everywhere.

At the event, one of mPowering’s partners, Global Health Media Project shared a story about a new mother in Pakistan. A health worker showed the mother a video from ORB about danger signs in newborns. This enabled the mother to recognize similar signs in her own baby a few days later and bring her to a health worker in time for life-saving treatment.

We also heard from Instrat Global Health Solutions about how the maternal health training program created by mPowering and partners (Medical Aid Films and Digital Campus) for frontline health workers in Ondo State, Nigeria, has been enthusiastically received by the Ministry of Health, with plans to scale the program up to 540 health facilities over the coming year.

What’s next for ORB?

Over the last 12 months, ORB has grown. The platform now hosts more than 300 resources, some in multiple languages, covering critical maternal, newborn and child health topics. mPowering and its partners will continue to grow this library, as well as add content in new topic areas such as Zika, water and sanitation, and mental health and well-being.

Increasingly, mPowering is working with governments and international partners to use ORB and other mobile technologies to deliver a more holistic and scalable approach to frontline health worker training.

The collaboration with Wireless Reach affords mPowering the opportunity to demonstrate how mobile health technologies can, ultimately be a force for social good at scale. ORB is an incredibly effective channel for disseminating critical health knowledge at scale, and a powerful tool for achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

We see ORB as a vital innovation, not just for community health workers to reduce the number of maternal and child deaths, but also to improve people’s lives globally. Working with Wireless Reach, we believe we can extend ORB’s reach to support hundreds of thousands of frontline health workers across the world.

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