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AT&T Unveils Cloud Video Patient-Monitoring Service

December 6, 2012 | Telepresence Options

346x214healthcareit2.jpgBy Brian T. Horowitz , eweek,


AT&T has announced a cloud remote-monitoring service that incorporates video and helps doctors and patients manage chronic conditions.

AT&T has launched a cloud patient-monitoring service that will help doctors manage patients' chronic diseases through live video chat.

Introduced Dec. 4, the remote-patient-monitoring (RPM) platform is built on an Ericsson cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) infrastructure. Ericsson's Remote Patient Monitoring System uses Bluetooth devices and medical sensors to transmit patients' vital signs remotely to doctors, who access the data from a secure device-agnostic cloud platform from Intuitive Health.

Consumer mobile devices connect with the Intuitive Health platform to enable patients to keep track of their health. �Doctors can integrate data gained from RPM with their workflows, according to AT&T.

The new RPM platform will be part of AT&T's ForHealth business, which the company created to accelerate wireless, cloud and networking services in health care. AT&T launched ForHealth in 2010.

The SaaS platform could enable better management of chronic diseases, such as congestive heart failure and diabetes, as well as reduce hospital re-admissions, AT&T reported.� In addition, the platform will provide reminders to patients about their medication routines and educate patients about their conditions.

Nurses at a telemonitor center could use the service to monitor patients around the clock, AT&T reported.

Connecting with patients through a video session allows doctors and nurses to see symptoms they may not pick up through just a voice conversation, Eleanor Chye, executive director for AT&T Mobile Healthcare,told eWEEK.

"We heard feedback from the provider community that they wanted a video-coaching component, which we are now scaling and building through Ericcson," said Chye.

"Live, on-demand, two-way video enables a personal connection for the patient and doctor, extending the relationship beyond the hospital walls," Dr. Geeta Nayyar, chief medical information officer for AT&T ForHealth, said in a statement.

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