Qualcomm, a leader in 3G and next-generation mobile technologies, is ramping up its Wireless Reach initiative by forging relationships for an exciting new project with Gyeonggi Province, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), and Korea Telecom (KT).
Given the rapidly escalating age of the Korean population and the similar escalation in associated medial costs, Qualcomm and company are hopeful that the new joint effort will be consequential in host of positive ways.
The partners signed a “Memorandum of Understanding,” Qualcomm says, for a project that will benefit patients suffering from chronic disease.
The project – dubbed “Self Quality Care” – will utilize 3G-enabled applications and services and will provide participating patients and health workers with educational health information and reminders to help manage the chronic disease and live healthier lives.
According to the announced plans from Qualcomm, KT will develop the u-Health Platform, which will store, manage and transmit data through the 3G HHG, as well as provide web service solutions and smartphone applications that will enable patients and health workers to better manage diabetes.
Ubcare, a Korean software developer and distributor of glucose meters, will provide glucose meters and strips. In addition, Ubcare will join KT to create software that will communicate with hospital medical record databases, as well as the u-Health Platform’s database, through KT’s broadband Internet and mobile broadband services.
“This collaboration presents a new chronic diseases management model which will help patients manage their chronic diseases by themselves, as well as help the government and companies work with each other,” said Dr. Lee Jong-Koo, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The Self Quality Care project benefits both the patient and the public health system and we are grateful for the generous involvement of all the participants.”
“In this project, KT plans to link devices such as smartphones, tablet PCs and IPTV devices with medical treatment systems in order to develop a service that will improve the management of chronic diseases and encourage a healthier lifestyle,” said Lee Suk-chae, chief executive officer of Korea Telecom. “The project also aims to maximize the effects of treatment and KT will continue to provide the u-Health service to those areas of medical management that need to be improved.”