WebMD and Qualcomm team up to bring Quantified Self tech to the masses


Gigaom

Tech geeks around the world are using connected devices to measure everything from their daily activity and heart rates to their sleep patterns and blood glucose levels. But ask the average American about this so-called Quantified Self movement and you’ll likely get a blank face.

WebMD (s WBMD) and Qualcomm Life (s QCOM), however, believe they can bring the latest wave of digital health technology to millions more. On Monday, the two companies announced a partnership to provide a “connected personal health hub” to consumers by combining the power of WebMD’s brand with the Qualcomm’s FDA-approved technology.

“We think there’s a real opportunity to give users insights around what their data means,” said Bill Pence, WebMD’s CTO. “[It’s like] bringing wireless health to consumers on a mass scale.”

Launched in 2011, Qualcomm Life’s 2net platform provides a secure, universally-interoperable network for collecting and sharing data from connected fitness and health…

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