Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Life is teaming up with UnitedHealthcare to develop new health solutions for US customers. The companies made the announcement at this year’s HIMSS conference.
They plan to focus their efforts on the areas of wearables, diagnostic tests, and medical devices, and will base the solutions on Qualcomm Life’s 2net connectivity platform. They’re starting out with a wellness program called UnitedHealthcare Motion, which the companies are aiming at the enterprise level. The program will allow employers to offer their workers custom-designed wearables equipped with biometrics to track users’ ambulatory activity. The data will be transmitted to an app through Qualcomm Life’s 2net, with participating employees able to rack up Health Reimbursement Account credits valued at as much as $1,460 per year.
It’s an incentive program leveraging biometrics and wearables, in other words, and one that could save employers a lot of money in benefits while putting some extra cash in the hands of participating staff. And it’s an extension of Qualcomm Life’s reach in the healthcare industry, with the company having previously offered biometric remote care solutions via partnerships with companies like vitaphone and AMC Health.
Commenting in a statement, Qualcomm Life VP and Chief Medical Officer James Mault, M.D., said his company is “excited to collaborate with UnitedHealthcare in powering its connected care solutions,” adding that “UnitedHealthcare’s leadership in innovation and broad reach across the United States, combined with Qualcomm Life’s medical grade connectivity solutions, enable us to deliver personalized, connected care to millions of health care consumers nationwide.”