Qualcomm Life integrates Bluetooth® Low Energy into 2net hub for connected medical devices

Orlando & San Diego, USA and Mobile World Congress, Spain — Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., is integrating Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), as part of its latest 2net(TM) Hub software release. Speaking to M2M Now in Barcelona today, general manager Rick Valencia said this makes the 2net Hub one of the first standalone, FDA-listed wireless gateways on the market that can connect to BLE-enabled medical and fitness devices.

The announcement was also made at the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition being held at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, Florida. You can read the full interview with Rick Valencia, Qualcomm Life’s senior vice president and general manager, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in the next issue of M2M Now.

“This latest 2net Hub software release significantly expands Qualcomm Life’s solution portfolio as it adds yet another software radio management capability to support integration of a variety of Bluetooth Low Energy-enabled medical devices and activity monitors to the 2net Hub and Platform,” said Rick Valencia. “As more and more device makers move to BLE, we are uniquely positioned to help our ecosystem collaborators and customers navigate current and future wireless roadmaps due to our leadership and insight into the space.”

Rick Valencia
Rick Valencia of Qualcomm Life: Helping to navigate wireless roadmaps

Along with the Bluetooth Low Energy  integration, the software release includes Over-the-Air (OTA) updates, allowing Qualcomm Life to make remote updates to the 2net Hub including device integrations, sending and receiving device data from the 2net Platform and more. In addition, Qualcomm Life has grown its integrated healthcare devices portfolio, bringing more scalability and flexibility to its Qualcomm Life Ecosystem members. The 2net Hub, an open, standalone, plug-and-play gateway to the 2net Platform’s data centre, delivers a new dimension of short-range radio flexibility, security, interoperability and seamless data transfer, while serving as the information highway for machine-to-machine connectivity for medical devices into and out of the home.

New Qualcomm Life ecosystem collaborator

Qualcomm Life also announced a new collaboration with Skylight® Healthcare Systems to enhance remote care management. Powered by the 2net and HealthyCircles(TM) Care Coordination Platforms, the companies will demonstrate the Skylight CareNavigator(TM) interactive patient engagement system which offers a simplified patient and caregiver experience while enabling providers to stay connected and informed of a patient’s health status from the hospital and into the home.

The Qualcomm Life 2net Platform is an award-winning solution allowing biometric sensor data to be reliably captured, aggregated and seamlessly transmitted to the cloud for integration with virtually any system, application or portal. HealthyCircles is a hosted enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform solution that provides a secure communications and record-sharing infrastructure for care team coordination, post-discharge transitional care and complex condition management.

“We are pleased to be part of one of the largest wireless health ecosystems,” said Tom Klopack, CEO for Skylight Healthcare Systems. “Qualcomm Life’s leadership in the space and its industry-leading 2net and HealthyCircles Platforms allow us to improve healthcare delivery and enhance the overall patient experience through seamless connectivity with innovative technology.”

Qualcomm Life is showcasing the 2net and HealthyCircles Platforms at the Qualcomm stand at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, addressing three key impact zones of connected health care: Preventative Care, Transitional Care and Complex Care, respectively.

See the next issue of M2M Now (out April 2014) for a full interview with Qualcomm Life’s Rick Valencia.

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