Among the industries most closely tied to the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, the medical market seems likely to reap the greatest benefits. New devices and technologies have the ability to do what doctors lack the bandwidth for—constant, remote monitoring of patients in near real time. A collaboration between Cerner Corp., a supplier of healthcare IT systems, and Qualcomm Life (a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc.) aims to extend the reach of these services.
According to the agreement, Cerner will implement Qualcomm Life’s 2net Platform and Hub, which seamlessly captures data from medical devices and sensors within a patient’s home. It then transmits the data to Cerner healthcare clients through the company’s CareAware device connectivity platform. Qualcomm’s platform will enable prescribable, turnkey monitoring capabilities that can be tailored to each patient’s needs.
The 2net Platform is able to collect, store, and aggregate data from a variety of devices, including weight scales, blood-pressure monitors, and pulse oximeters. Those values, transmitted via CareAware to the Cerner Millenium electronic health record (EHR), are then viewable through a patient engagement solution. Such comprehensive viewing can help with chronic condition management as well as reduce readmissions and improve overall patient satisfaction.