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December 05, 2012

AT&T Unveils Cloud-Based Remote Patient Monitoring SaaS

AT&T is helping with hospitality, with new Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) technology. The company plans to deliver cloud-based RPM Software-as-a-Service from Ericsson, helping doctors monitor their patients over video on a tablet connected to the Internet.

This new SaaS provides coaching, reminders and health education to help manage chronic diseases better, so that patients won’t have to return to the hospital. It joins the AT&T ForHealth suite of RPM services, which includes such services as an end-to-end RPM service powered by Valued Relationships, Inc., which helps monitor patients around the clock.

With the AT&T RPM SaaS, patients can use Bluetooth-enabled devices to check their vitals daily, and send the data to their providers. The data is collected from wirelessly connected devices such as weight scales, blood pressure cuffs, and so on, and then sent to a cloud-based system that healthcare providers can access through a secure portal.

With the Intuitive Health application on the AT&T RPM SaaS, providers can implement and manage care plans, with the data being received normally into their clinician workflows. This way, doctors can receive the data as it becomes available without going out of their way or having to waste precious time.

Then, at scheduled appointments, they can communicate with their patients over video.

According to Geeta Nayyar, M.D., AT&T ForHealth’s chief medical information officer, "Live, on-demand, two-way video enables a personal connection for the patient and doctor, extending the relationship beyond the hospital walls. Video makes it possible for a physician to see clinical signs and indicators such as skin color, mood, affect and determine whether a patient is utilizing devices and medications appropriately."

This is yet another way that video and wireless communications can help make monitoring and caring for patients easier. It’s effective, it’s simple, and it lets patients go about their lives while still receiving daily monitoring.

AT&T and Ericsson have done well, and this cloud-based RPM SaaS will prove a boon to many doctors and patients alike.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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