Spotlight on: Internet of Medical Things

From the mHealthNews archive
By Eric Wicklund

Enter Jim Mault's name into the search engine for the mHealth Summit, and you'll find no fewer than four instances in which he'll be speaking at next week's event. That's because Qualcomm Life is an integral part of the summit, and the company with the innovative 2net platform is ready to make news again.

Mault, Qualcomm Life's chief medical officer and vice president, is a passionate advocate of the Internet of Medical Things, that evolving network that pushes information "from the hospital to the home and all points in between." It's a network that includes not only the electronic health records, but bedside monitors and devices, home-based monitoring devices, mobile devices, even wearables.

"And this is just the starting point for real-time data collection," says Mault, who'll begin his busy week with a presentation titled "Internet of Medical Things: Making Intelligent Care Everywhere a Reality" at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in Potomac Ballroom AB.

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With its 2net hub, unveiled several years ago at the mHealth summit as a platform for connecting devices outside the healthcare setting, Qualcomm Life established itself as a leader in medical-grade mHealth platforms, which collect and collate data without consumer input. The company's acquisition this past September of Capsule Technologie extends that platform inside the health system – more specifically, inside some 12,000 hospitals in 38 countries, encompassing more than 250,000 connected medical devices.

This means Qualcomm Life will be pulling in data from bedside devices not every five minutes or 30 minutes  which might be the norm for connected devices outside the health setting – but, say, 40 times a second, and pushing that data into the medical record. And that data will need to be sorted and integrated, giving clinicians a continuous view of their patients.

Just one more piece of the puzzle, Mault says, that makes up the Internet of Medical Things.

"It positions us nicely," says Mault, who'll also be giving presentations Monday evening and Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. "We'll be partnering with a lot of organizations who are focused on that (network)," he adds. "This is our opportunity to be an enabler."

Mault sees the mHealth platform fed by 2net and Capsule as vital to the healthcare provider, who sees the need to pull in patient-reported data from outside sources but has concerns about the reliability of that data. With stage 3 of meaningful use guidelines requiring more consumer engagement and access to health data, clinicians need a platform that will integrate all that data and make it useful to them, so that their interactions with consumers are enriched. In other words, the more reliable the information, the better the outcome.

And that's not all, Qualcomm's ongoing partnership with Walgreens means that company's app will soon be generating millions of device uploads a day into the 2net platform. That data is then used to power the nation's top pharmacy chain's wellness rewards program, encouraging and incentivizing its customers to live healthier lives and reduce medical expenses.

"This is starting to get interesting," Mault says. And he'll have plenty of opportunities at the mHealth Summit to explain why.

The mHealth Summit, part of the HIMSS Connected Health Conference, takes place Nov. 8-11 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Winter Harbor, Md., just outside Washington D.C. For more information on the mHealth Summit or the co-located Cybersecurity Summit and Population Health Summit, visit the conference website