Today, Cerner Corp. and Qualcomm Life, Inc. announced a new agreement that will extend Cerner's medical device connectivity capabilities to better serve chronically ill patients. With the use of Qualcomm Life's FDA-listed 2net™ Platform and Hub, Cerner will now be able to seamlessly capture data from medical devices and sensors at patients' homes, including weight, blood pressure, pulse oximeters and other measures, and transmit via the CareAware® platform to the Millennium® electronic health record (EHR). This partnership will allow care providers to better monitor patients in real-time and prevent unnecessary trips to the hospital.
“The industry is more concerned than ever about monitoring a patient’s health outside the walls of the hospital through intelligently connected devices,” said John Gresham, vice president of DeviceWorks, Cerner. “Cerner’s CareAware device connectivity platform integrated with Qualcomm Life’s technology will enable prescribable, turn-key monitoring capabilities that can be tailored to the needs of a person’s chronic conditions across the care continuum, including the home.”
Agnesian Healthcare will be one of the first clients to implement this new initiative, moving towards a realization of widespread population health management.
“It is increasingly important that providers are monitoring the whole health of an individual, not just at the point of care in the facility,” said Michael DeGeer, DPM, FACPS, FACFAS, vice president of Population Health Management, Agnesian HealthCare. “Remote Patient Monitoring allows our clinicians to have access to patients health data, within the patient’s health record, while they are at home, which will provide the opportunity for clinicians to make informed interventions as needed.”