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Qualcomm enables a high-tech health survey for Korea

Posted: 10 Mar 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart phone  Korea health survey  3G 

In a memorandum of understanding with the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), Qualcomm has agreed to provide high-tech applications and smart phones that will contribute to improving the convenience and efficiency of the national health survey. The annual survey is conducted by the KCDC to promote public health and prevent disease.

The project will be a part of Qualcomm's Wireless Reach initiative and provide national public health survey investigators with smart phones featuring GPS and 3G wireless communication tools. Investigators are expected to benefit from the phones not only in terms of work efficiency and convenience in data collection, but also in terms of safety.

The smart phone application, which will be developed by Hubilon—a location-based solutions company—will provide investigative officials with schedule management, emergency paging and location information services. In addition, it will enable two-way data transmission between the KCDC centre and investigators by utilising a 3G wireless network, thereby enhancing the efficiency of various data transmissions such as reserving inspection times and checking investigation feasibility.

"I am very pleased with the mutual cooperation between Qualcomm and the KCDC," said Young Koo Cha, senior VP of Qualcomm and president of Qualcomm Korea. "Through Qualcomm's Wireless Reach initiative, which uses 3G to empower local communities, we look forward to working with the KCDC to apply Qualcomm's advanced technology towards the enhancement of public health and prevention of disease in Korea."

"The national health survey process will be upgraded through cooperation with Qualcomm and we will make an effort to expand and further develop this project in the future," said Lee Jong-koo, director & deputy minister of the KCDC. "We will continuously seek new methods to enhance public health by employing cutting-edge technology."

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