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March 07, 2013

AT&T Mobile Health Solution to Automatically Connect People to Medical Assistance during Emergency

AT&T, a worldwide communications holding company, plans to launch its Mobile Health Solution (mHealth) that will automatically connect people in critical condition for emergency medical assistance.

To date, an elderly person suffering from a heart attack or a fall could use a particular device, put around his/her neck, to call for emergency assistance. But that was only possible if s/he was at home. AT&T strives to overcome the limitation with its advanced mHealth solution, which will not only automatically connect the person to emergency care, but track their location accurately, letting relatives and neighbors know where and when the person suffered an accident.

The innovative and award-winning mobile Personal Emergency Response System (mPERS) solution, developed in association with Numera Libris and Valued Relationships Inc., plans to utilize machine-to-machine connectivity for linking individuals, under critical condition, virtually anywhere, anytime, to a professionally managed monitoring center.

Unlike the monitoring systems available today, which are confined to be functional at a person’s home and require those in distress to press a button manually for assistance, the new mPERS solution from AT&T will automatically send a notification to the monitoring center as and when something happens.

If an individual wearing this portable, small device, suddenly falls or suffers a heart attack, a powerful sensor integrated within the product will immediately alert the monitoring center. An expert from the facility will reach out to the person in distress via instant, two-way wireless voice communication, enabled on AT&T’s network.

If the person is unresponsive and the center feels that further assistance is necessary, it will instantly notify local emergency services to dispatch medical personnel as needed.

AT&T’s enterprise mPERS solution will be particularly designed for aged people with disabilities, and those who are prone to falling or living independently – targeting the same to adult day care services, nursing agencies, and other home care providers. With the launch of this solution, AT&T will add yet another ‘feather’ to its growing portfolio of mHealth solutions, which are dramatically transforming how people live and how medical assistance is delivered.

The firm’s new campaign will be an integral part of its full suite of Remote Patient Monitoring care solutions, which include end-to-end managed RPM service and AT&T RPM Software-as-a-Service.

Altogether, these advanced healthcare packages will deliver a strong foundation for comprehensive aging-in-place care.

Dr. Geeta Nayyar, M.D, chief medical information officer for AT&T for Health, AT&T Business Solutions, feels that the mHealth solution is the best example of how advanced technology can revolutionize the healthcare industry.

Edited by Braden Becker

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