How many times have you told yourself (especially when you’re up at 2 a.m. on a Sunday night): “Eh, it’s just sleep.” Is it just sleep, though? What happens to your health when you’re not sleeping enough?
I can remember my parents being overwhelmed by the idea of a touchscreen computer. Growing up in a generation of analog entertainment, the concept of utilizing their fingers to control various tech devices was equivalent to living in the futuristic world of The Jetsons. This technology is so easy to use that even someone as traditional as my father now owns an iPhone and a MacBook. He went from reading a physical newspaper for 20 years to subscribing to various publications on his iPad. Flipping through sections of the paper has never been easier, and companies in Silicon Valley and beyond are to thank.
Qualcomm aims to integrate home-health monitoring devices, and give doctors easier access.
Qualcomm has formed a division called Qualcomm Life to sell the new home-based hub, run the back-end databases, and establish partnerships with device makers. The platform meets all medical standards, is “technology agnostic, and can pair with virtually anything,” says Rick Valencia, Qualcomm Life’s vice president. Still, a payment system between medical device makers and insurance providers remains to be worked out.
This is a more serious attempt to put patient data into the cloud than Google Health. It could be interesting but note the last quoted sentence: they still lack a business model!!! Most likely that means that this project also will flop. How many engineering projects without a business model have succeeded in the real world??
I still think that using cloud service for patient data is an extremely important tool for managing health care of the scale that is required in the future. But the technology isn’t the biggest challenge, the business model including the “whats-in-it-for-me” part and regulatory issues are…