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Qualcomm Life Launches Two New Challenges at Mobile World Congress 2013

— Company Also Launches Global 2net App Developer Challenge, Expanding Availability of 2net Connect APIs to European Developers —

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Life, Inc., is kicking off a Wireless Walking Challenge in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA) at Mobile World Congress 2013 being held at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain, February 25-28, 2013. The company also announced it is expanding the release of the 2net™ Connect Application Interfaces (APIs) to developers in Europe and initiating its Global 2net App Developer Challenge.

“Qualcomm Life is delighted to be working with the American Heart Association on the Wireless Walking Challenge by providing participants with a fun, engaging wireless solution to track physical activity to improve cardiovascular health,” said Rick Valencia , vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Life. “The openness of the 2net Platform allows challengers to select whichever device or app best suits them, enabling a truly personalized health experience where data is automatically collected and seamlessly aggregated across a variety of sensors, wireless technologies and applications.”

Qualcomm Life and the American Heart Association are working together to launch the Wireless Walking Challenge to encourage people to increase their physical activity in order to ultimately improve their heart health, and attendees of Mobile World Congress have the first opportunity to compete in this global challenge. To participate, attendees can download their choice of a mHealth app, including MapMyFitness, Noom or RunKeeper, or leverage a pre-owned activity monitoring device, including BodyMedia or Fitbit, to track their steps throughout the conference. The mHealth apps and devices are connected to the Wireless Walking Challenge app via the 2net Connect APIs, so participants’ steps are automatically updated and reflected in the app leaderboard. The Challenge app will be a central hub for participants to track their steps and earn prizes based on their total steps taken in relation to other participants enrolled in the challenge. The steps will be tracked via the web-based leaderboard and those with the three highest totals of steps at the end of each day will be awarded $200, $100 and $50 respectively. The grand prize, awarded to the participant with the most cumulative steps at the conference close, is a Dell XPS tablet. Participants and conference attendees are also encouraged to follow the challenge conversations on Twitter by following @QualcommLife and via the #WalkStar hashtag.

Expanded Availability of 2net Connect APIs

The Global 2net App Developer Challenge kicks-off today and runs through August 2013. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place entries and will be in the amounts of €15,000, €10,000 and €5,000 respectively. The competition results will be announced at the Uplinq Conference held in San Diego in September 3-5, 2013.

Qualcomm Life’s 2net Connect APIs, previously only available in the United States, create a consolidated stream of biometric data that can be leveraged across multiple data-enabled platforms, including Andriod, iOS, Microsoft and BlackBerry. The value of this consolidated data stream is compounded by the fact that the 2net Ecosystem has grown to be one of the most comprehensive and open wireless ecosystems in the world, with over 220 customers and technology enablers.

Qualcomm Life at MWC

Qualcomm Life will be showcasing the 2net Platform and Hub as well as the latest news and winners of the Wireless Walking Challenge at the Qualcomm Life booth at Mobile World Congress (Hall 3, Stand 3B64).

Qualcomm Life is also participating in the following demonstrations, panels and keynotes:

  • Health: Innovating for Global Health – Rick Valencia , VP & GM, Qualcomm Life (Wednesday, February 27, 4:00 –5:00 p.m.)

About Qualcomm Incorporated

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. 2net and Qualcomm Life are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. All Qualcomm Incorporated trademarks are used with permission. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

February 23, 2013 I Written By

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iMPak Health Announces NFC Enabled Cardiovascular Health and Wellness Application

NEPTUNE, N.J., May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – iMPak Health, LLC announced today the launch of their new product, RhythmTrak, a Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled cardiovascular mobile health and wellness application. RhythmTrak is being launched on the Android Platform for both smart phones and tablets and the company plans to have the application on the iOS platform by the end of the year.

RhythmTrak is a handheld, credit card sized ECG device that documents heart rates, heart rate variability, calculates R to R intervals, and single lead waveforms.  Data collected on the device is transmitted wirelessly using a NFC reader or an NFC enabled smart phone or tablet.  The user then can simply forward the information to their physician.  RhythmTrak is not intended to be a diagnostic device, but to be  used to track patient symptoms during the active management of atrial fibrillation.

According to the American Heart Association, about 2 million Americans suffer from atrial fibrillation and related cardiac illness, putting them at risk for heart attacks and strokes.  “Linking personal monitoring technologies such as RhythmTrak to practical everyday clinical protocols will improve the ability of  both the clinician and the patient to better manage chronic conditions” said Richard Scott, M.D., Senior Vice President, Clinical Effectiveness, Meridian Health.

“It can be incredibly empowering for a patient to have a tool that helps them work with their physician to determine if they may need a change in medication or therapy, especially when it comes to overall heart health,” added Sandra Elliott,  director, Consumer Technology and Service Development, Meridian Health. “Even patients undergoing ablation, a surgical procedure sometimes used to treat atrial fibrillation may still have symptoms after their procedure.  The key is to understand if patients show improvement over time.”

RhythmTrak is expected to cost $39.99 when it hits the market.  iMPak Health has submitted RhythmTrak for FDA approval in the United States and CE approval in the European Market.

For more information about RhythmTrak or to see a video, please visit http://www.impakhealth.com/cardiovascular-health.

About iMPak Health

A joint venture of Swedish-based chip developer and innovator Cypak and Meridian Health, a not for profit health care leader, iMPak Health brings together the latest in wireless technology and the front-line know-how of today’s health care environment to provide consumers and patients with effective and intuitive tools to better manage their health. iMPak Health’s mission is to become a leader in developing, easy-to-use devices to screen, diagnose, and monitor health conditions through wireless technology For more information, please visit www.iMPakHealth.com.

About Meridian Health

Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for three years in a row, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence.  Recently, Meridian Health was the only health system in New Jersey to be ranked as one of the most Integrated Healthcare Systems in the nation according to SDI and Modern Healthcare Magazine.  For more information, please visit www.MeridianHealth.com.

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