I was really looking forward to the presentation from Don Jones VP LifeScience at Qualcomm not only because of his experience with the attempt to launch LifeComm – a $100 Million Healthcare MVNO that was way ahead of its time – as a spin out from Qualcomm (the wireless powerhouse that enables over 700 million 3G Devices), but also because he’s the only person I know who carries more mHealth devices in his pockets than i do! Of course he didn’t fail to impress with wireless sensory bandages, pill boxes and activity monitors…
I took a keen interest in his presentation for some potential clues as to how Qualcomm thinks HealthPhones (from Left to Right) might look:
> The standard “HealthPhone” featured in Don’s presentations
> A 3G Video HealthPhone that takes a lot of visual clues from the iPhone
> A rather slick clam-shell flip HealthPhone with embedded Glucose Meter
> A photoshopped image of a Palm Treo showing Dr Alec Cooper simulating a Doctor-Patient 3G Video Call
My personal favorite is the standard HealthPhone device (on the left). I feel that the white colour offers a very reassuring clinical appearance, the Music Player feature is a big bonus (especially with The Beatles “Come Together” selected from the playlist) and I’m very keen on the fused screen/casing design. A similar design has proven very attractive and popular in the UK before with the Cocoon Mobile that Qualcomm brought to market with Mobile Operator O2/Telefonica (seen here):
Aside from all the high tech gadgetry Don also shared key insights into how wireless healthcare solutions were going to impact on key disease areas, the challenge of building a platform for sensors and the objective of getting “Every Body On The Net”.
Be sure to check out Don’s interview in this months copy of Telemedicine and eHealth:
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