Telehealth provides new options for higher-quality, lower-cost monitoring, but interoperability issues have hampered its adoption. To minimize those challenges and add flexibility, IndependaTM today announced that it will incorporate the 2netTM Platform from Qualcomm Life Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, into its ArtemisTM suite of telecare monitoring solutions for the elderly and their caregivers.
The 2net Platform is a unique cloud-based service that enables the wireless transfer, storage and display of medical device data. It interconnects with almost all monitoring devices and applications, enabling end-to-end wireless connectivity that provides the device users and their caregivers a convenient, secure, standards-based way to upload and access biometric information.
By incorporating the 2net Platform with its Integrated CloudCare system, Independa will be able to support and aggregate data from a broader array of health sensors, including wireless monitors and inexpensive analog devices that care recipients may already own. Such devices include weight scales, blood pressure cuffs, blood glucose meters and pulse oximeters.
The 2net Platform will enhance the Independa Artemis ecosystem of health, safety and activity sensors by adding support for Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, 2G and 3G cellular, Wi-Fi and ANT+ local area radio protocols. The 2net Platform supports SLL and is a FDA-listed Class 1 Medical Device Data System (MDDS).
Caregivers can aggregate information sent to the 2net Platform with Independa’s cloud- based Caregiver Web App and the AngelaTM social engagement solution.
“By integrating the Independa and 2net ecosystems, we are offering caregivers and older adults new and more options for comprehensive care while reducing the cost of delivering that care,” said Independa CEO Kian Saneii. “Our arrangement with Qualcomm Life raises the industry bar for flexibility and aggregation, knocking down major barriers to telehealth adoption.”
“We are happy to be working with Independa to help it enhance and expand the reach of its best-of-breed monitoring solutions,” said Rick Valencia, vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Life. “Collaborating with Independa also will strengthen Qualcomm Life’s ability to serve the rapidly-growing independent living and senior care segments.”
Robert B. McCray, President and CEO of the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance, said: “I am pleased when WLSA members, such as Independa and Qualcomm, work together to deliver the benefits of technology to consumers. Qualcomm Life’s 2net provides an essential platform that makes it possible for innovators such as Independa to focus all their attention on delivering the best services to the market. Independa is tackling one of the largest social and economic issues that we face. With a tidal wave of aging seniors, we must create affordable systems to support their independence as long as possible. That is what they want and what our financial system needs.”
Independa will begin offering connectivity through the 2net Platform when its Artemis solution becomes generally available in the third quarter of this year. This option will be available through channel partners, including home care, home healthcare and senior living providers. Independa provides custom solutions to help its partners differentiate their products and services, such as features specific to health conditions or particular service offerings.
The agreement between Independa and Qualcomm Life was announced during the Digital Health Summer Summit in San Diego, in which both companies are participating.
About Independa, Inc.
Independa offers leading technology-enabled independent-living solutions for the elderly. Independa’s best-of-breed Integrated CloudCare services enable organizations and individuals to cost-effectively help the elderly to remain independent longer, safer and more comfortably. The company, which has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, provides services including medication and appointment reminders, support for activities of daily living, comprehensive social engagement benefits, and wireless health and safety monitoring.