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From networking with mHealth leaders to partying on the beach, Connect 2013 is where it's at.
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From networking with mHealth leaders to partying on the beach, Connect 2013 is where it's at.

28 June 2013, Written by Rick Valencia, President

We are barely a month out from Qualcomm Life’s annual Connect 2013 conference that will take place August 5th – 8th in San Diego at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

Last year’s Qualcomm Life customer summit was so successful that for 2013 we are expanding the conference to 2 1/2 days in order to provide attendees with more networking opportunities, more thought provoking presentations and more conversations aimed at driving innovation and discovery in the always-evolving world of wireless health.

As you may have heard, this year we are starting off fresh with a new agenda, laser-focused on how the most innovative mHealth companies in the Qualcomm Life Ecosystem are collecting, transmitting, aggregating and visualizing biometric data to create entirely new health service offerings. Connect 2013 aims to highlight the current state of wireless health, where it’s heading, and how we can maximize growth and connectivity within the space to further increase care accessibility and decrease the costs of health management.

I cannot think of a better place to gather for an insightful discussion on this topic than here in San Diego, and I’m not just talking about the coveted Southern California weather. With over 3,000[i] wireless companies and 600[ii] life sciences (biotech) companies based in this city, San Diego has become the hub of the wireless health industry.

You can expect to meet the leaders comprising our global Qualcomm Life Ecosystem collaborators, including executives from medical device, analytics, health services, chronic disease management and pharmaceutical companies. We also have an exceptional line up of speakers confirmed including Dr. Eric Topol, Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute, Amir Rubin, CEO of Stanford Hospital & Clinics and our very own Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. The agenda can be found at the Connect 2013 website.

Personally, I am really looking forward to showing you how Qualcomm Life is working to transform health data around the world, and I cannot wait to hear your perspectives and ideas.

The early-bird registration for Connect 2013 ends today, so be sure to register ASAP at http://bit.ly/1alPXKQ.

And if you cannot attend the summit, you can still participate in the discussion by following @QualcommLife, #Connect2013 or me at @bootstrapped.

I’m looking forward to a great conference and seeing you all this August.

Extending the 2net Footprint in Spain

26 June 2013, Written by Laurent Vandebrouck

Next stop on our European journey is Spain, where we are currently at the MIHealth Forum in Barcelona.

MIHealth plays host to over 900 professional attendees and 70 speakers including international health experts, doctors and end users. Backed by Johns Hopkins Hospital, Karolinska Hospital, Kaiser Permanente and MIT, the congress aims to set out the appropriate foundation for transforming health care systems.

This is a great opportunity for Qualcomm Life to become embedded within the growing conversation in Spain around health care innovation, and understand the unique challenges ahead. I am particularly excited to sit in on sessions within the technology track and hear about the new advances within patient care.

In Spain, approximately 20 million people suffer from some type of chronic illness such as COPD, cardiovascular disease or diabetes, and with spiraling health care costs and reduced budgets due to austerity measures, the need to achieve cost-effectiveness has never been so important. Some regions across the country are now choosing to use telehealth within primary care to combat chronic illness.  Regions such as Andulasia, Madrid, Cataluyna and the Basque country are the front runners in the growing “telesalud” landscape.

So how do we see ourselves fitting into this community? Well, according to the SIMPHS  ‘13 report, interoperability is a major issue within the health care system, particularly at a regional level. The 2net™ Ecosystem allows Qualcomm Life’s collaborators to achieve scalability and the freedom to choose any device/sensor to support any telemedicine service or application. It removes connectivity issues, reducing costs and increasing access to information to improve patient care.

We have already been so fortunate to collaborate with Cystelcom in Spain, supporting the company’s health monitoring platform – mHealth Alert. Our work together has aided the shift to value based health care delivery, where mHealthalert uses the 2net Platform and Hub to provide patients with a way to track their measurements, while also offering an innovative service based model for hospitals and insurance companies. In recent months, this collaboration has been taken a step further with the support of Hospital Universitario de Torrejón in carrying out a remote monitoring study. Feel free to stop by at booth A112 at MIHealth Forum to find out more!

Digital Health in France: Empowering Better Care and Health Outcomes

14 June 2013, Written by Laurent Vandebrouck

It is estimated that 20% of the French population or 15 million people suffer from one or more chronic diseases, the three major ones being chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Recent reforms, legislation and policy measures adopted by the French government with a view to modernising health and social care delivery show a strong willingness to tackle the challenges of health care and ageing using the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs). “Rapport Gagneaux”, which proposes initiatives to improve the coherence of eHealth governance and “Hôpital, patients, santé et territoires”, responsible for the creation of ASIP, the eHealth competence centre, are both primary examples of policies aiming to improve the wide spread implementation of eHealth in France.

The aim of mHealth is to provide an end-to-end solution to support the patient-doctor relationship, improve a patient’s quality of life and lower health costs. With the rise of chronic health and an ageing population in France, mHealth can be used as a means to help reduce hospital readmissions through interventions like remote monitoring technology (RMT). RMT can effectively bridge the geographical gap between doctor and patient, and enable the monitoring of patient outcomes to achieve cost effectiveness and defray health care expenditures.

There is some misperception that mHealth promotes auto-diagnosis and self-medication without the supervision, support and consent of a trained physician – which is not the case. The purpose and design of telehealth solutions complements normal clinical care and does not replace it. In addition, mHealth allows patients to be monitored and counselled within the comfort of their own home, giving them responsibility over their own care and the chance to maintain their independence.

Through our various collaborations across Europe I have been able to see how the 2net Platform and Hub have helped our customers’ patient populations in better managing their diseases. By providing a secure cloud-based solution with end-to-end wireless connectivity, patients, their physicians and caregivers can easily access accurate device readings with complete data privacy. The integration of our offering with telemedicine applications (such as mHealthalert in Spain), can improve the standard of care, reduce the risk of patient error in self-medication, and provide a less expensive, more efficient delivery system.

My hope is that RMT will become a universally accepted standard of care.  Devices and platforms will be interoperable and help to provide a seamless experience where patients will feel empowered by the management of their own health.  This is the future that Qualcomm Life is working to achieve.

If you would like to learn more about the state of the mHealth Industry in France or about Qualcomm Life, feel free to leave a comment here or join us at Colloque Industries du Numérique et de la Sante + Autonomie to continue the discussion!

Mobile Healthcare is Here.

20 May 2013, Written by Laurent Vandebrouck

It’s a watershed week for Qualcomm Life in Europe and I can’t think of a better time to introduce myself to you all.

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I’ve never actually created a bucket list, but if I had, speaking at TEDMED would be close to the top.
How We’re Innovating Healthcare from the Outside In

26 April 2013, Written by Rick Valencia, President

I’ve never actually created a bucket list, but if I had, speaking at TEDMED would be close to the top. What an honor to be invited to participate in TEDMED 2013 at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, April 16 - 19, 2013.

Qualcomm Life Expands in Europe

16 May 2013, Written by Laurent Vandebrouck

It’s hard for me to believe, but this week marks six months since Qualcomm Life launched in Europe!  These last six months have been incredibly exciting for all of us as we try to fulfill our mission in Europe - to make wireless health simple and to have an immediate impact on improving health care.

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