Verizon Communications has inked a deal with Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong’s NantWorks to collaborate on a series of initiatives, beginning with an integrated information infrastructure that improves the treatment of cancer by equipping healthcare providers with the most up-to-date treatment protocols for specific cancer conditions right from their mobile devices. This first collaboration is called the Cancer Knowledge Action Network.
“The future of medicine is digital and mobile,” Soon-Shiong, founder and CEO of NantWorks, stated in a press release. “NantWorks and Verizon share a common vision for the transformation of the health care industry through ‘big data.’ As one of our first targets, we will explore ways to translate the massive amounts of data available on cancer treatment. Our goal is turn this data into actionable information at the point of care, enabling better care through mobile devices in hospitals, clinics and homes.”
Last year NantWorks announced plans to partner with Vodafone on developing wireless-enabled remote patient monitoring systems. Vodafone and Verizon are co-owners of Verizon Wireless. At the time, Soon-Shiong noted: “With Vodafone’s global mobile network, and its partner Verizon Wireless here in the United States, Vodafone is truly a global mobile powerhouse.”
Last month NantWorks announced that it had acquired remote monitoring technology company Boston Life Labs. NantWorks’ other acquisitions over the years include Vitality, maker of the medication adherence device GlowCap, as well as iVisit, which has developed the LookTel app for the visually impaired, among others. (The LookTel app officially launched earlier this year) The company is also working with Toumaz to bring that company’s peel-and-stick vital sign monitoring sensors to the US market.
The NantWorks announcement follows on Verizon’s recent move to combine its wired and wireless services and network assets to form an integrated health IT division. Verizon said that it has issued “tens of thousands” of credentials to healthcare professionals for its health information exchange offering. Verizon also recently inked an R&D deal with Duke University and a partnership with venture capital firm Health Evolution Partners.
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