Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Life, Inc., and UnitedHealthcare are collaborating to develop and deliver connected health solutions to consumers across the United States. This collaboration will focus on creating new UnitedHealthcare programs and services that incorporate the latest generation of wearables, medical devices and diagnostic tests that leverage Qualcomm Life’s 2net™ Platform for medical-grade connectivity.
The companies made the announcement at the industry-leading annual HIMSS conference, taking place in Las Vegas, NV, February 29 – March 4.
The first program under this new collaboration is UnitedHealthcare Motion™, a health and wellness program powered by Qualcomm Life’s 2net Connectivity Platform for employers nationwide. UnitedHealthcare Motion is designed to help plan participants become healthier and more active, while helping them pay for the cost of everyday health care. Available on a select basis to companies with 101 to 300 employees with a fully insured health plan, UnitedHealthcare Motion helps employers address rising care costs by providing employees and their covered spouses with custom-designed wearable devices that track the number of steps each user takes throughout the day, calculating the total number, frequency and intensity of the steps taken.
The data acquired from the wearable devices is then sent to the UnitedHealthcare Motion app, which is powered with seamless and secure connectivity through Qualcomm Life’s 2net Mobile connectivity platform. Employees with these wearable devices earn Health Reimbursement Account credits that can total up to $1,460 per year, based on their usage, helping to save on health care costs. Employers can also obtain premium savings based on the combined results of their program participants.
“We’re excited to collaborate with UnitedHealthcare in powering its connected care solutions, starting with the UnitedHealthcare Motion program,” said James Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S, vice president and chief medical officer, Qualcomm Life, Inc. “UnitedHealthcare’s leadership in innovation and broad reach across the United States, combined with Qualcomm Life’s medical grade connectivity solutions, enable us to deliver personalized, connected care to millions of health care consumers nationwide.”
“Qualcomm Life is the ideal collaborator to power our UnitedHealthcare Motion app,” said Sam Ho, M.D., chief medical officer, UnitedHealthcare. “Their experience in the wireless industry and leadership in connected health will help us deliver innovative health care programs and services that enable people to make a positive impact on their health and well-being.”
Qualcomm Life and UnitedHealthcare at HIMSS 2016
Qualcomm Life and UnitedHealthcare will demonstrate the UnitedHealthcare Motion app in Qualcomm Life’s booth 6437 at HIMSS 2016. Qualcomm Life and its subsidiary, Capsule, will also demonstrate their leading connectivity and integration solutions for medical devices in the hospital, at home and all points in between.
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UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.
About Qualcomm Incorporated
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 30 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.