Scripps Health, wireless communications technology provider Qualcomm and the Gary and Mary West Foundation have teamed up to launch the West Wireless Health Institute to advance health and wellness through the use of wireless technologies, according to a news release.
The West Foundation has committed to spending $45 million to launch the not-for-profit institute, the release stated. San Diego-based Scripps will serve as a founding healthcare affiliate and will conduct research into using wireless technologies in healthcare while Qualcomm is a founding sponsor, the statement said.
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Gary West will serve as chairman of the board with physician Eric Topol, chief academic officer at Scripps Health, and Donald Jones, vice president of Health and Life Sciences at Qualcomm, serving as board members. The institute will be based in La Jolla, Calif.
In the release, Topol, a cardiologist, said, The rapid and remarkable progress in wireless sensorscontinuously tracking important parameters such as blood sugar, blood pressure, all vital signs, sleep state and even caloric intake and expenditurehas the potential to change medicine in a radical and unprecedented way.
"Not only does this fit the optimal models of individualized and consumer-driven healthcare, but there is tremendous potential to upgrade quality of care, reduce the cost burden and shift away from reactive to preventive medicine," Topol said.