Monday, 3 August 2009

Qualcomm’s Lifecomm shut down – USA

It seemed an interesting MVNO operation and it never really grabbed much attention. But confirmed by Qualcomm’s Chief Executive Office, Lifecomm has gone by the wayside already. The concept was a wireless patient monitoring device which was to bring a revolution to medical science with talks of remote monitoring of diabetics, cardiac patients and even more mundane healthcare such as cholesterol – putting the patient and doctor in touch without being face to face.

Qualcomm’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Jacobs, confirmed: "After working for a few years to get the venture capital lined up, we were hit with the economic downturn. In the meantime, operators have done these open initiatives … Lifecomm as an MVNO became irrelevant. Events overtook it. Now we have things like the West Wireless Health Institute that is more along our lines. We are enabling things to be end-to-end."