Partners HealthCare, Samsung team on chronic disease management tools

Boston-based Partners HealthCare is teaming up with Samsung Electronics in a multi-phase mobile tech initiative with the first project focused on creating remote mHealth apps and spurring clinical research for chronic disease management.

The Samsung and Partners' Connected Health team effort will focus on developing smart technology, intelligent algorithms and clinical expertise to drive personal connected health ahead, said Kamal Jethwani, senior director for Connected Health Innovation at Partners HealthCare, said in an announcement. Jethwani will lead the research initiative, which is set to launch a clinical trial in June.

"This project represents the start of how smart technology, intelligent algorithms and world class clinical expertise can be combined to change the paradigm of care delivery," he said.

The collaborative effort comes just five months after Samsung announced it was looking for partners to foster innovative mHealth technologies. The company also is aiming to partner with fellow tech powerhouses, including Microsoft and SAP, for building telemedicine monitoring technologies.

"This unprecedented new partnership brings to bear the unique strengths of Samsung Electronics, the Partners Connected Health team and our leading healthcare providers, to expand the boundaries of digital health technology," Joseph Kvedar, vice president of Connected Health at Partners, said. "Combining our real-world clinical experience and implementation of connected health solutions with their leading mobile and IT technology, we believe that, together, we can re-imagine the future of health and wellness and deliver innovative, convenient and powerful personal connected health tools."

Over a year ago, Samsung announced it intended to build a healthcare ecosystem, and last November it released its consumer health software development kit to ignite app building for its Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions.

For more information:
- read the announcement

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