Qualcomm Life Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporate, and Orange Business Services, on Thursday announced a collaboration in which Qualcomm Life  will use Orange Business Services' M2M connectivity services in Europe to connect health care providers and patients and enable secure remote monitoring for various chronic diseases.
Qualcomm Life (San Diego, Calif., USA) will showcase its 2net Platform and Hub at the GSMA  Mobile World Congress 2012, taking place from February 27 - March 1 in Barcelona.
"With over 200 experts dedicated to M2M and supporting 2.5 million active M2M connections, and a targeted team in North America, Orange Business Services  is committed to using mobile technology to deliver innovative solutions and services on a global scale, particularly in the health care domain," said Anne-Marie Thiollet, Vice President of the Enterprise Line of Business, Orange Business Services (Paris).
In Europe, chronic disease accounts for the majority of disease incidence and deaths. The World Health Organization's project "The Global Burden of Disease" estimates that, in 2002, chronic or non-communicable conditions accounted for 87% of deaths in high-income countries, while only 7% of deaths were attributed to communicable conditions and nutritional deficiencies and 6% to injuries.
The burden of chronic conditions and diseases in Europe is growing as the population ages. The proportion of those in European countries aged 65 years and older is projected to grow from 15% in 2000 to 23.5% by 2030. The proportion of those age 80 years and over is expected to more than double from 3% in 2000 to 6.4% in 2030.
"eHealth is a strategic growth area for Orange," said Thierry Zylberberg, Executive Vice President, Orange Healthcare.