M2M module maker Sierra Wireless says it has become a sponsor of crowdsourcing platform MedStartr and will henceforth be the preferred provider of wireless communications technology for MedStartr companies.
MedStartr says it will gain direct access to a full range of connectivity solutions from Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada), helping MedStartr companies to accelerate product development.
Those solutions include embedded modules that provide cellular connectivity, development tools and software libraries to simplify the development process and the AirVantage M2M Cloud, which allows data gathered by devices in the field to be integrated with other back-end systems.
“Many of our projects have developed great ideas that can benefit from a wireless communications link, and having access to a partner like Sierra Wireless will help them integrate and deploy quickly, speeding time to market and improving their chance of success,” said Alex Fair, the founder and chief executive of MedStartr.
Since launching last year, MedStartr claims to have helped its first clients raise more than $6 million and start about 50 partnerships.
Sierra Wireless says healthcare represents a growing market for wireless connectivity and that technology can help to lower costs for healthcare providers and improve the quality of care for patients.
“We are pleased to work with MedStartr to help the next generation of healthcare innovators develop and integrate wireless connectivity into their solutions,” said Olivier Pauzet, the vice president of market strategy for embedded solutions at Sierra Wireless.
According to InMedica, worldwide device and service revenues from telehealth will rise by 55% this year.
The market-research company says that healthcare providers will increasingly adopt telehealth systems as they seek to reduce in-patient costs.