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01
Oct
2013

Qualcomm Life’s Recent European Partnerships show that 2Net Platform has Legs

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Qualcomm Life’s approach to the mHealth market - that is, to create a hub which any mHealth device can connect to, reducing the need for proprietary systems - seems to be bearing fruit. The chipset vendor has just announced three new European customers for its 2net Platform and Hub. The companies in question are Vitaphone Health Solutions (not to be confused with Vitaphone, a sound system for films developed by Warner Brothers); the imaginatively named Solutions4Health, and Denmark’s DELTA (not related to the airline of the same name).

The various goals and ambitions of these companies bears witness to the fact that mHealth covers a lot of ground. Vitaphone Health Solutions offers care management, telemonitoring, telemedical devices and patient coaching; Solutions4Health offers health improvement services including chronic disease self-management, health trainer services and coronary heart disease prevention advice; while DELTA’s main product is the ePatch, a sensor that records and transmits the ECG, heart rate, as well as activity and motion data.

These are young companies, which would find it hard in terms of both financial and time resources to create the systems required to create a fully-fledged mHealth system. It makes sense for them to use a ready-made cloud-based service including wireless connectivity and the all-important transfer and storage of medical device data.

But shouldn’t such systems be open source and free?

Ideally: and there are already important initiatives in the mHealth space such as Continua which are just as important as 2Net. Clearly there is a commercial imperative for Qualcomm in its Qualcomm Life initiative, but there is also a real drive to get mHealth off the starting blocks, where it has been for some time.

If Qualcomm Life’s 2net ecosystem happens to be the platform on which mHealth delivers positive medical outcomes and cost savings, then it would be churlish to begrudge the company the attendant revenues associated with providing the platform. Qualcomm, remember is a chipset vendor, and it has made mHealth into a mission. For that it should be lauded.