Qualcomm, a telecommunications company, is throwing its weight behind the possibility of VR in shaping the future of healthcare. Employing its distinctive Snapdragon 835 VR platform, Qualcomm has created a demo to depict how increasingly low- and high-latency networks can help develop an overall new form of healthcare, where tools such as VR could help doctors in better understanding, diagnosing and treating patients in real life. The demo comprises existence of a clinic in virtual reality, where the patient is a fabrication of the digital world, and his symptoms a mere depiction of the real life possibility.
Qualcomm to Harness its Mobile Technology Experience to Offer Better Connectivity to Healthcare Sector
The company’s chips have empowered completely new capabilities in drones and smartphones, while making it possible in getting integrated into VR. Qualcomm also took an early step in pioneering 3G & 4G network. With current proliferation of 5G, the company hopes in harnessing the mobile technology experience gained over decades for offering better connectivity to healthcare sector.
This is not the first time when Qualcomm has tapped into medical care. The company introduced Qualcomm Life in the past, which is an offshoot focused toward the development of wireless technology for healthcare. Qualcomm was already concentrating on constructing infrastructure for supporting the next-generation wireless technology, with home and hospital care seeming to be a worthy beneficiary. As Qualcomm currently proceeds with its operation on development of 5G that promises higher bandwidth and higher-speed connections to mobile data, the wage on healthcare seems to be fruitful.
Qualcomm Life Aiming at Connecting Patients to Hospitals
President of Qualcomm Life, Rick Valencia, while giving his keynote speech recently at Boston’s Connected Healthcare Conference, stated that discerning mobile technology’s impact on other industries is a passion. The company aims at connecting patients to hospital, home or any place between a secure platform and one regulated medical grade.
The 2net Hub, first product of Qualcomm Life, plugs into the wall and enables continuous patient monitoring in their homes. The 2net Hub connects to medical devices such as wrist-worn blood pressure cups and glucose meters to securely transfer patient data to the respective physician. The company second platform, Capsule, helps in integrating biometric readings of medical devices within hospitals.
Surgeons could Explore Precarious Surgery Using VR: Valencia’s vision of future’s connected healthcare implies the expanded version of its Capsule platform. The vision compels every inhaler to be equipped with a built-in compact sensor for transferring usage data to the physician, as predictive algorithms parse data from various patients to segregate those in requirement of urgent medical attention. This will further enable surgeons in exploring precarious surgery using VR prior to making incisions. They might even be able to diagnose patients remotely by using VR.
An entire ecosystem, Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), has been imagined by Valencia, and he is certain that 5G would help realize the same. Although encompassed with a plethora of challenges, VR can be the future of healthcare. VR having already earned hype in medical space, long before Qualcomm’s current design of stroke patient demo.