Qualcomm Life signs deal with AlertWatch, PeriGen, and other digital health deals

By Laura Lovett

Qualcomm Life announced an exclusive licensing agreement with AlertWatch, creator of an FDA-cleared intelligence care software that assists in the care of patients in the operating room. The deal will give Qualcomm Life the exclusive rights to sell AlertWatch, which the company plans to showcase at HIMSS 2018. 

“At AlertWatch, we believe that integrating multiple streams of data into a live, readily identifiable icon display can improve the safety of acute care medicine just as it has done in modern aviation,” Dr. Kevin Tremper, founder and president of AlertWatch, said in a statement. “Collaborating with Qualcomm Life to offer our service in tandem with the Capsule product line will increase the reach of AlertWatch and help enhance patient monitoring throughout the hospital.”

The watch was first developed at the University of Michigan Health System and uses data from Qualcomm Life’s Capsule platform combined with EHR feeds to give real-time information to anesthesiologists during a surgery. 

Qualcomm Life has also announced a deal with PeriGen, a company that makes perinatal software products that give clinicians more patient data based on algorithms and analysis. This deal will let Qualcomm Life license and sell PeriWatch Vigilance, which is a new platform that identify obstetrics patients whose conditions are deteriorating, and aims to create timely interventions. 

“As we grow our intelligent care product platform, we look to collaborate with companies that monitor patients and provide actionable insights for physicians and care teams,” Dr. James Mault, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Qualcomm Life, said in a statement. “Our collaboration with PeriGen marks the first of Qualcomm Life’s obstetric applications and we are thrilled to be able to work with PeriGen in an effort to garner new insights that enable providers to deliver better care to their patients.”

This morning pharmacy connection network RelayHealth and CoverMyMeds, both part of the newly formed McKesson Rx Technology Solutions, announced the launch of a joint product called RxBenefit Clarity. The product serves users pharmacy benefits information obtained via the EHR provider. The platform can also identify missing patient information by matching patients with their pharmacy records and show the remaining deductible. 

"RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions and CoverMyMeds created the industry's most reliable prescribing decision support solution based on years of research and long-term partnerships across the entire pharmacy ecosystem, including pharmacies, providers, payers, and life science companies,” Nathan Mott, president of McKesson Rx Technology Solutions, said in a statement. "Each year, RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions processes more than 18 billion pharmacy transactions — RxBenefit Clarity puts similar functionality in the hands of the provider, enabling them to have more informed conversations with patients that help drive adherence. The solution is truly pioneering the future of prescribing decision support within the EHR.”

StayWell, a preventive health platform for payers, has teamed up with Orbita, a company which manages intelligent conversations for chatbots, to launch a new platform called StayWell Voice. The platform is designed to help users manage their weight, stress, and other health-related issues. 

“We developed StayWell Voice to address the growing movement toward using voice-enabled technology to interact with patients,” Hans Hage, StayWell senior vice president of product and innovation, said in a statement. “StayWell Voice leverages powerful voice-first and AI capabilities to ensure people receive real-time support and information to manage weight and stress, while also providing patient support through shared decision capabilities.”

The app can be used for healthcare provider programs, patient education, and employer wellbeing programs. Staywell will be on display at HIMSS 2018. 

Patient experience platform Medfusion has made a deal with MDVIP, a network of primary care doctors, to create MDVIP Connect, a custom mobile app which will connect MDVIP doctors to patients. 

“The MDVIP Connect app is a shining example of the value of breaking down the barriers between healthcare IT systems and truly focusing on the patient experience. In a world where a patient can connect, collect, and share their health data within their care ecosystem, doctors, nurses, and other providers have a huge advantage in treating the whole patient,” Kimberly Labow, CEO of Medfusion, said in a statement. “MDVIP shares our belief that patients should be the center of healthcare IT solutions and the app was developed to tighten the relationship between patients and providers.”

The app can send and receive secure messages and multimedia; allow patients to see longitudinal health records, appointments and lab results; make memberships payable; and manage communication preferences and request MDVIP support. 


Mobile health engagement company mPulse Mobile has announced a partnership with management healthcare system Docent Health. As part of the deal, Docent Health will be incorporating mPulse’s mobile engagement technology into their communication strategy. Docent Health plans to use mPulse’s messaging component for real-time conversations, pre-scripted communication, and rules based messaging.  The company's offerings will be on display at HIMSS 2018. 

“At the core of Docent Health’s approach is connecting with patients early in their decision making process, building awareness and conversion with prospective patients and continuing to build activation, loyalty, and advocacy throughout the customer relationship,” Paul Roscoe, chief executive officer at Docent Health, said in a statement. “With the mPulse Mobile engagement solution, our customer-centric approach is extended and enhanced with the use of micro-targeted, personalized, and interactive text messaging.”

Employee benefits provider Sun Life Financial and healthcare technology company Collective Health have announced a partnership to work on improving self-funded employer benefits. 

Companies will be integrating Sun Life’s stop-loss offering into The Collective Health Platform with the goal of protecting self-funded employers against expensive claims. The deal is also expected to create a seamless way to purchase, claim, and seek reimbursements. 

"Together, Sun Life and Collective Health will transform the benefits experience," Dr. Dan Fishbein, president of Sun Life Financial US, said in a statement. "Employers are looking for new benefits solutions built with the latest technology that bend the cost curve. Collective Health is a pioneer in the healthcare space that is making the experience positive and easy. Sun Life shares that philosophy with a strategy to use digital, data and analytics to develop new ways of exceeding client expectations and keep clients for life. By combining our efforts, Collective Health and Sun Life can make a bigger, accelerated impact.”


Healthcare communications company Spok has furthered its partnership with mobile technology workflow firm Spectralink. Today, the two companies announced a new integration of the Spok Care Connect with Spectralink's mobile medical devices, such as its Pivot clinical smartphone. The companies will be showcasing the technology at HIMSS 2018.

“We are delighted to expand our partnership with Spectralink to make it easier for physicians, nurses, and other care team members to collaborate on patient care,” Vincent D. Kelly, CEO of Spok Holdings, said in a statement. “Ultimately, being able to reach mobile team members within seconds of a critical alert improves patient care, overall workflow, staff productivity, and the comfort and safety of everyone in your facility.”