Qualcomm biometric patch to enable new intelligent care models

September 28, 2017 //By Rich Pell
Qualcomm (San Diego, CA) has announced that it has developed smart, single-use medical biometric patches.

Designed and developed through the company's Qualcomm Life subsidiary, the cost-effective, connected, medical-grade biometric patches will enable a multitude of intelligent care models, the company says. This would include everything from preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care to assessing the impact of therapeutic interventions.

The patches measure a variety of biometric parameters, including clinical thermometry and sophisticated motion measurements. They are designed to provide near real-time data to health care professionals monitoring patients across the care continuum.

"This wearable patch technology will be transformative in its ability to provide timely and accurate data to enable care providers to make better-informed decisions," says James Mault, MD, FACS, senior vice president and Chief Medical Officer, Qualcomm Life. "Utilizing Qualcomm's 30 years of leadership in inventing new connected 'things,' this low-power, cost-effective, single-use design will fuel new, scalable care models as we transition as an industry from episodic, reactive care to more continuous, proactive, intelligent care."

Electronics design and precision manufacturing company Benchmark Electronics (Angleton, TX) will license the biometric patch reference designs and serve as the device design and manufacturer of record with the FDA for the sensors. Following clinical validation, which is underway, the patches are expected to be commercially available in 2018.

"We are thrilled to work with Qualcomm Life, a global leader in inventing revolutionary connected technologies, to create a new packaged sensor offering for health care companies that is economical, secure and user friendly," says Paul Tufano, CEO, Benchmark Electronics.

The patches were developed on Qualcomm Life's 2net Design platform, a reference design platform for electronics modules that power connected medical devices, including disposable drug delivery devices and disposable diagnostic devices.

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