Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) is taking place in Barcelona, Spain this week, and, so far, the event hasn’t let us down. There’s a lot of news circulating about new advances and innovations, and one of the companies making a big splash so far is Nokia (News - Alert). The next generation communications tech giant has been hinting at its intention to dive into digital health with its smart hairbrush and Withings Steel HR watch, and it just made things official by introducing its expanded portfolio of consumer digital health products and solutions.
This venture into digital health is made possible due to Withings, which recently became part of Nokia. Thanks to that acquisition, the Withings ecosystem of connected health products will be launching under the Nokia brand in early summer 2017. That means there are only a few more months until we can go out and buy connected scales, trackers, blood pressure monitors, thermometers and home cameras from Nokia.
“Nokia is a powerful global brand that is synonymous with innovation, connectivity and great design,” said Cedric Hutchings, VP of Digital Health, Nokia. “Withings joined Nokia because we share a vision to inspire individuals to take control of their own health. With the full power of a brand recognized for trust, reliability and quality, we will reach more people and impact more lives to help the human family be healthier together.”
In addition to the Withings line, Nokia announced that it will be redesigning its Health Mate application. Health Mate collects data from scales, trackers and other connected devices in one place and gives users the ability to see a 360-degree view of their health. In the spirit of making it as easy as possible for people to track their health, Nokia is redesigning the app to improve the user experience. It plans to make it easier to add devices, share progress with family members and will introduce new in-depth coaching programs. The coaching programs will be a nice added touch for those looking to really change up their lifestyles, as they will take users on a personalized eight-week journey to achieve their health goals.
Nokia will also be launching its HIPPA-compliant Patient Care Platform, which is designed to transform the relationship between patients and healthcare professionals. The new platform allows doctors and care teams to remotely monitor patients with their smart devices to help prevent and manage chronic conditions, such as hypertension. The hope is that this ability will help doctors provide care in a timely manner, so as to avoid unnecessary office visits and hospitalizations. In fact, the platform is already in use in the UK by the National Health Service, where it is helping the organization with its 69,000-person study to better understand hypertension and the role of remote monitoring in lowering hypertension rates.
Hopefully, the upcoming Withings line, Health Mate app and Patient Care Platform will serve their purposes and help people live healthier lives.
Edited by Maurice Nagle