“We are going to see a revolution going forward of wearable computational devices, with Google Glass being the first one out of the gate,” says Chief Innovation Officer of Palomar Health, Orlando Portale.

This prediction is the reason Palomar Health and Qualcomm Life have teamed up to build an incubator for developers called Glassomics.

The incubator aims to provide platforms and eventually, hospital venues to create medical apps for computer glasses, smart watches, and wearable devices for patients. Qualcomm Life is providing development tools and software platforms such as AllJoyn: a system that provides peer-to-peer, real-time sharing capabilities for doctors.

Palomar Health will provide a hospital for apps to be tested and refined in a real-world setting. This is territory they have experience in having tested Sotera Wireless’s mobile vital signs monitors (ViSi Mobile) and AirStrip’s mobile data platform. For an in-depth look at ViSi Mobile, take a look at our previous article on that system.

Systems such as Google Glass will provide significant flexibility in medical applications. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers will be able to access relevant data in real-time without having to access a computer or even hold a mobile device in their hands.

Sara Rotman Epps, a Forrester Research Analyst, predicts that 21.6 million people would be interested in owning Google Glass when it comes out (based on a survey of 4,600 people).  With such excitement behind this expansion into a new area of mobile development, Qualcomm Life and Palomar Health are wise to prepare themselves for the coming technological stampede.

Source: San Diego Union Tribune