How will wearable tech change healthcare? Qualcomm Life backs new incubator to find out

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The wearable technology trend is beginning to take off and two big health organizations want to make sure that they’re not left behind.  This week, health technology company Qualcomm Life and California health system Palomar Health announced the creation of an incubator for exploring the applications of wearable computing in medicine.

Called Glassomics, the joint program, first reported by MedCityNews, will look at both clinical and consumer applications of health-related wearable technology. Although the name is clearly a nod to Google Glass, it sounds like the incubator won’t limit itself to Google devices.

In a statement, the companies said Glassomics is intended to encourage industry partnerships in research and development efforts and would encompass a range of uses, from patient data monitoring to augmented reality-enhanced clinical applications to genomic information mapping and visualization. The incubator will be housed at Palomar and will make use of Qualcomm Life’s…

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Apple is suddenly really interested in health tech

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We know Apple CEO Tim Cook loves his Nike (s nke) FuelBand. And the fitness-tracking wristband seems to be inspiring how the company is thinking about its own wearable device: it’s begun hiring several experts in health tech.

As first reported by 9to5Mac, Apple(s AAPL) has been bringing on board experts in sensors that monitor the human body. They’re from companies like AccuVein, C8 MediSensors and Senseonics.

The report doesn’t name specific hires from AccuVein — which makes medical devices that can help detect a person’s veins from outside the body — but said Apple has recruited scientists from there.

Two specific names that were reported:

  • Ueyn Block, who left C8 MediSensors in January, was hired by Apple in March as technical lead for optical sensing, according to his LinkedIn profile.
  • Todd Whitehurst, in charge of team that developed an “implantable continuous glucose monitor” at Senseonics, was hired by Apple in…

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