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Biometric Patches as Interconnected Medical Sensors

02 October 2017

Qualcomm Life, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., announced that it has designed and developed breakthrough reference designs for cost-effective, connected and medical-grade biometric patches. These will support various intelligent care models, from perioperative care to assessing the impact of therapeutic interventions.

Designed to allow health care professionals to monitor patients across the care continuum with access to near real-time data, the patches measure a variety of biometric parameters, including clinical thermometry and sophisticated motion measurements. Integrated electronics manufacturer Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (Angleton, Tex.) will license the reference designs and serve as the device design and manufacturer of record with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for those sensors.

As a part of the collaboration, Qualcomm Incorporated, Qualcomm Life, Inc. and Benchmark Electronics entered into a Healthcare Product License Agreement that allows Benchmark to license reference designs for Qualcomm Life’s biometric patches. Clinical validation is currently underway, and the patches are slated to be commercially available through Benchmark in 2018.

The innovative, cost-effective patches were developed on Qualcomm Life’s 2net™ Design platform, a reference design platform for electronics modules that power connected medical devices, including disposable drug delivery devices and disposable diagnostic devices. 2net Design leverages Qualcomm’s expertise in developing innovative reference designs for wireless, power-efficient, small-integrated modules to create smarter, more affordable and intuitive medical devices.

To contact the author of this article, email sue.himmelstein@ieeeglobalspec.com


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