At CES, Telcare will show a 3G blood glucose meter featuring a Qualcomm wireless module, while iHealth launches a blood pressure monitoring application for the iPhone and iPad.
Mobile technology company Qualcomm has announced that it
will integrate its wireless IEM
(Internet of Everything Module) into health care technology provider
Telcare's 3G-enabled 3GM blood glucose meter.
Announced on Jan. 4, the Telcare device will be on display at
Qualcomm's booth at CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas
The new product is part of a growing number of consumer wireless
devices that allow patients to monitor chronic conditions such as
diabetes and share the results with caregivers, including physicians
Currently a prototype, Telcare's 3GM uses 3G networks to transfer a
patient's blood sugar reading to a caregiver or physician's mobile
device in real time.
"Real-time engagement with caregivers is particularly beneficial for
parents and family members looking after diabetic children and
elderly people, where family support can mean the difference between a
and a trip to the emergency room," Jonathan Javitt, Telcare's CEO, said
in a statement. Based in Bethesda, Md.,
Telcare also manufactures wireless scales and blood pressure cuffs.
Of American adults today, 1 in 10 have diabetes, according
to Javitt, who adds that the prevalence of the
disease might triple within 40 years.
Qualcomm's low-power IEM module allows mobile devices that support
3G to communicate with each other. It also supports Bluetooth for
devices in closer proximity and features motion sensors, which can help
when patients might fall or need help. IEM modules integrate with
wearable wireless mobile devices.
In addition, the IEM module incorporates GPS, an accelerometer and
standard interfaces for BrewMP, Qualcomm's scalable mobile OS.
"Wireless connectivity is becoming widely recognized for its
inherent benefits for both medical devices and the overall health care
industry," Don Jones, vice president of business development for
wireless health at Qualcomm, said in a statement. "The IEM provides
capabilities to enable people from all walks of life to better manage
The integration of 3G technology with medical devices can reduce
health care costs and enable underserved communities to gain more
efficient treatment and therapies, Jones said in a Qualcomm
Also at CES, digital health care product manufacturer iHealth Lab will unveil its iHealth Blood
Pressure Monitoring System for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
The app, a free download from iTunes, allows consumers to monitor
their blood pressure on their own and share the results with a
physician, family and friends, iHealth reports. In addition to the
mobile app, the product consists of a $99.95 hardware bundle
incorporating a hardware dock
and blood pressure arm cuff.
"Empowering people to manage their personal health care is our
passion," Yi Liu, iHealth's CEO, said in a statement. "The
future of health management starts with the individual. By identifying
how daily activities affect one's vitals like blood pressure and heart
can be more proactive about their personal health care."
iHealth Lab is a unit of Chinese company Andon Health, which manufacturers consumer blood pressure monitors, Forbes
Brian T. Horowitz is a freelance technology and health writer as well as a copy editor. Brian has worked on the tech beat since 1996 and covered health care IT and rugged mobile computing for eWEEK since 2010. He has contributed to more than 20 publications, including Computer Shopper, Fast Company, FOXNews.com, More, NYSE Magazine, Parents, ScientificAmerican.com, USA Weekend and Womansday.com, as well as other consumer and trade publications. Brian holds a B.A. from Hofstra University in New York.