Building on the Wireless Reach Initiative platform launched in mid-2010, Qualcomm is extending services in Japan: http://bit.ly/r30BPo
Qualcomm Expands 3G Technology Project to Manage Their Blood Pressure At Home
TOKYO – September 09, 2011 – Qualcomm Inc., through its Wireless Reach initiative, and Medical Platform Asia (MedPA) have today announced the expansion of the Wireless_Health_Care@Home project, which will enable elderly Japanese patients in the depopulated region of Minami-Izu to manage their blood pressure at home using 3G wireless connectivity and equipment.
The project’s first phase, launched in July of 2010, provided medical devices with integrated 3G wireless modules that allowed 300 patients to send critical health information, such as blood pressure, weight and distance walked, to doctors through a 3G wireless network. Doctors then reviewed the data and advised residents in order to improve their physical condition. Results showed a positive effect on increasing patients’ awareness of the importance of managing blood pressure and proactively engaging in treatment. Many members of the medical staff observed that the project facilitated increased communication and provided patients with a sense of security.
During this next phase, Wireless Reach and MedPA are working with Shizuoka Medical Alliance to provide an additional 200 patients at Kyoritsu Minato Hospital, located in Minami-Izu, with the wireless equipment needed for blood pressure management at home.