The Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ initiative supports projects that demonstrate how advanced wireless technologies can improve people’s lives—particularly people in underserved communities globally.
I am pleased to announce that the China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment (CAEFI) along with the China WTO Tribune recently named the Wireless Reach Wireless Heart Health project to their 2014 list of CSR Outstanding Case Studies by Foreign Enterprises in China.
Working for Qualcomm in China, I had the distinct privilege of attending the recent CAEFI awards event and accepting a plaque for our achievement from Mr. Shi Guangsheng, Honorary Chairman of CAEFI and Former Minister of China’s Ministry of Commerce. Most importantly, the award recognizes that the Wireless Heart Health project is making a profound impact on local communities across my country.
The project takes aim at cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), currently the leading cause of death in China. Incidence of CVDs is increasing in prevalence in rural areas throughout China, many of which have limited resources.
The Wireless Heart Health project deployed mobile broadband enabled smartphones with a built-in electrocardiograph sensor to resource-scarce, community health clinics in several rural provinces. Patients simply hold the phone for 30 seconds while their heart data is collected and delivered via 3G rapidly to a cardiac specialist in a Beijing call center hundreds or thousands of miles away.
For simple cases, the physicians can provide diagnosis, consultation and treatment remotely. For more complex cases, patients are screened by the system and then referred to specialized hospitals for further testing or to receive treatment.
Since the project’s implementation in 2011, more than 700 doctors have used this system and more than 160,000 patients have benefited from it.
The Wireless Heart Health project is a collaboration between Wireless Reach, Community Health Association of China and Life Care Networks.
In addition to including our project in their CSR outstanding case studies list, CAEFI and WTO Tribune created the CSR Practice Indexes to guide foreign companies in conducting their CSR efforts in China in a sustainable and replicable way. The Wireless Heart Health project along with other 55 projects by foreign companies conducting businesses in China is featured in the Indexes where, I am happy to say, its success will provide inspiration for other companies desiring to make a positive and meaningful impact on people’s lives.