AT&T Bringing Mobile Health Solution to Emergency Care

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AT&T is pledging to help make communication available when and where it’s needed most – in emergency care situations.

As a result, the nation’s second largest carrier is heralding the development of its Mobile Personal Emergency Response System (mPERS) Solution.

Up until now, AT&T explained Monday, an elderly person suffering from a fall or heart attack could use a device around his neck to send for assistance – if he happened to be at home.

The carrier is working to overcome this limitation with a mobile health solution that will automatically connect people in distress to medical assistance, in their home or elsewhere. The system can also be used to track a person’s location in real time and let neighbors or relatives know when – and where – a loved one has suffered a mishap.

The mPERS solution, primarily designed for elderly people who are living independently, have disabilities, or are prone to falls, will utilize Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connectivity to link people in distress virtually anywhere, at anytime to a professionally staffed monitoring center. Unlike current monitoring systems, which are often confined to a person’s home and require the individual in distress to manually press a button for assistance, AT&T’s mPERS solution automatically triggers a notification to the monitoring center if something happens.

For example: A person wearing a small, portable mobile device suddenly falls. Without that person having to do anything, a sensor within the device alerts the monitoring center.

“This mHealth solution is an example of how innovative technology can revolutionize healthcare,” says Dr. Geeta Nayyar, Chief Medical Information Officer at AT&T ForHealth, AT&T Business Solutions. “With the mPERS mobility solution AT&T is developing, older people will be able to live independently, but know that they are only seconds away from assistance if the need arises.”