One of the nation's largest providers of home monitoring services for seniors, chronic care and at-risk populations is getting an mHealth boost.
VRI, a Franklin, Ohio-based developer of medical alert and health monitoring services, will now be collecting biometric data in the home through Qualcomm Life's 2net platform. This will allow the 25-year-old company to monitor vital signs alongside its existing services, which include medication monitoring and medical alert detection.
The announcement was made at the seventh annual mHealth Summit, taking place this week outside Washington D.C. Among the keynote speakers on Monday was James Mault, MD, Qualcomm Life's vice president and chief medical officer, who said platforms that can gather, analyze and act on diagnostic, therapeutic and biometric data at the point of care will help providers reduce hospitalizations and improve outcomes.
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While Qualcomm Life has been building on its data-gathering capabilities within the hospital as of late, the VRI partnership targets the home health monitoring space, which has been 2net's bread and butter since its launch in 2011 – also at the mHealth Summit.
"Together, we are helping shape a new standard of care for chronic care management and remote patient monitoring," Rick Valencia, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Life, said in a press release. "This post-acute care segment is exceptionally important for improving outcomes and reducing unnecessary hospitalizations."
Chris Hendriksen, VRI's CEO added that the deal will enable VRI to scale remote monitoring to large customers and populations.
"By expanding our collaboration to include Qualcomm Life as a preferred vendor, we are able to offer remote monitoring services to more patients who can benefit the most – the chronically ill – to help improve outcomes and reduce overall costs," he said.