August 14, 2012Dr. Ilene Klein
Qualcomm is taking another leap forward in advancing our wireless health efforts by launching our first wireless health patient program right here at Qualcomm’s San Diego on-campus Health Center.
The first stage of this program will tackle diabetes - a disease that affects more than 345 million people worldwide -beginning with a two-part, three- and sixth-month Diabetes Management Program that leverages Qualcomm Life’s 2net™ Hub and Platform. Twenty Qualcomm employees/patients will be using an Entra Health Systems Bluetooth®-enabled MyGlucoHealth blood glucose meter paired with the 2net Hub to wirelessly track and send their daily blood glucose readings directly into their employee electronic health record. The Qualcomm Health Center’s Diabetes Management team will then review the results and make recommendations on how patients can more successfully manage their blood sugar levels.
To ensure a positive experience for both employees/patients and the health care team, new clinical and technical workflows were jointly developed by Qualcomm Life, Qualcomm’s Global Employee Health Services, the Qualcomm Health Center and the Take Care Health/Walgreens teams.
Initial results of the pilot program are expected in about five months.
Qualcomm has envisioned wireless technologies enhancing health care for more than a decade. One of its first efforts was working with CardioNet to enable a wireless mobile data monitoring service for outpatient cardiac telemetry services. Our wireless health patient program marks the beginning of a truly wireless health clinic that dramatically enhances our chronic disease management services.
Beyond our health center, Qualcomm continues to experiment with the latest wireless health sensors, devices and apps. We have a dedicated Qualcomm Life team that is focused on enhancing medical device connectivity and biometric data management so that manufacturers and service providers can quickly create better wireless health solutions for those who need it. Recently, the team organized the executive Wireless Health Fitness Challenge to better understand the impact that social media and competition can have on health behavior.
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