Walgreens, the nations largest retail pharmacy, and Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of wireless technology vendor Qualcomm Inc., have announced a collaboration to seamlessly connect medical devices and personal health data.
Under the partnership, Walgreens will utilize Qualcomm Lifes cloud-based 2net Platform that enables end-to-end interoperability for medical devices and apps to aggregate wireless health device data into its network of mobile apps and websites. 2net will support Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices program with robust medical device connectivity and care coordination capabilities such as remote patient monitoring, transitional care support and chronic care management, according to the announcement. Compatible Walgreens devices include a wrist-worn blood pressure cuff, a traditional blood pressure cuff and a blood glucose meter.
Balance Rewards for healthy choices memberswho earn points for participating in various health-related programscan sync select mobile healthcare devices directly to their Balance Rewards account, earning points and enabling pharmacists to electronically access biometrics and health status information. An FDA-listed Class I Medical Device Data System, Qualcomm Lifes 2net also wirelessly connects medical devices so that biometric data can be seamlessly shared with patients physicians and care team to support diagnosis, treatment decisions and treatment monitoring.
Whether transitioning from a hospital to the home or managing a chronic condition such as heart disease or diabetes, Walgreens connectivity solution powered by Qualcomm Life will allow us to help our customers achieve improved health through regular biometric communication with their providers, said Adam Pellegrini, Walgreens divisional vice president of digital health. Additionally, Qualcomm Lifes platforms help us to reward participating customers for their choice to become more informed and engaged in their healthcare.
The Walgreens apps and Qualcomm-enabled branded devices will be available to consumers in the first half of 2015.
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