Qualcomm, HealthyCircles team up for care-coordination data
Qualcomm Life, a wireless health subsidiary of telecom giant Qualcomm, has acquired HealthyCircles, a San Diego-based software-as-a-service provider that specializes in transitional care, post-discharge management, complex care management and specialty pharmacy services at home.
The acquisition transfers HealthyCircle’s Care Orchestration Engine and tool set to Qualcomm’s cloud-based communications platform, allowing doctors, caregivers, patients and families to improve care coordination and monitor patient data while a patient is recovering at home, according to a Qualcomm Life fact sheet.
The combined technology opens the door to expanded use of mHealth, including biometric devices and extended uses of electronic medical records in home-based care settings. The HealthyCircles applications include deep data-capture capabilities, “including medication history, labs, care team data entry and patient symptomatic self-assessment, thereby creating a robust dataset for care transitions, ACOs, complex care management, medication adherence and compliance, and even clinical trials,” Qualcomm Life states.
“Our expertise is in facilitating the sharing of data across stakeholders to drive better outcomes at lower costs,” said James Mault, MD, founder of HealthyCircles and a cardiothoracic surgeon, in a press release. “We are delighted to join Qualcomm Life in enabling connectivity of disparate devices and applications across all stakeholders involved in care coordination.” Mault will now serve as vice president and chief medical officer at Qualcomm Life.
Pamela Tabar was editor-in-chief of I Advance Senior Care from 2013-2018. She has worked as a writer and editor for healthcare business media since 1998, including as News Editor of Healthcare Informatics. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Kent State University and a master’s degree in English from the University of York, England.