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2014 Medtech Company of the Year Finalists: Qualcomm

Qualcomm     Semiconductor giant Qualcomm has long been an advocate and enabler of connected health.

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Qualcomm's 2net Hub provides a network to connect disparate medical devices. 

Semiconductor giant Qualcomm has long been an advocate and enabler of connected health.

In 2011, the company formed its Qualcomm Life subsidiary to develop wireless solutions for medical devices and launched its 2net Platform and Hub designed to manage health metrics from wireless medical devices. That year, the company also established a $100-million venture fund to back wireless health startups, which has since funneled cash to innovators including AliveCor, Airstrip Technologies, Sotera Wireless, and FitBit. Last year, Qualcomm Life partnered with one of the most recognizable names in healthcare, WebMD, to help consumers access and manage health data from their devices, and also acquired HealthyCircles, a software as a service solution that enables healthcare professionals, patients, families, and caregivers to manage a patient’s care transitions from the hospital to the home.

This year, the company has kept up the momentum by announcing collaborations with Tunstall Healthcare, a provider of remote healthcare and safety monitoring; ResMed, a maker of medical devices for treatment of sleep apnea; King’s Daughters Medical Center, a hospital in Kentucky; and CareCentrix, a firm that manages home care for patients.  

   

[image courtesy of QUALCOMM]

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