This Box Sends Your Health Data Straight to the Cloud - Technology Review
Some 133 million Americans suffer from chronic disease, and many would benefit from better home-based monitoring of their condition, but today’s home-health medical machines remain mostly unconnected to the doctors who might want to check the data between visits.
A new platform from Qualcomm aims to solve this with a simple box that detect signals from devices of dozens of makers, and dispatches them by cellular connection to a cloud database that can be accessed by medical staff as well as patients.
“Health-care reform will pay providers for keeping you well instead of treating you when you’re sick,” says John Halamka, a Harvard Medical School professor and chief information officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. “In the future, it’s likely that continuous home monitoring with frequent caregiver interventions will replace many hospital visits. The Qualcomm technologies support this kind of workflow.”