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AT&T Rolls Out New LTE-M Smartwatch

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The smartwatch competition continues to heat up.

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AT&T today announced its LTE-M certified medical wearable with OneLife Technologies to offer clinicians, patients and their caregivers a smartwatch that monitors chronically ill and elderly patients who want to “age in place.”

The smartwatch, called OnePulse, gives near real-time data, which allows clinicians and caregivers the ability to intervene when necessary.

OnePulse monitors users 24/7, gives medication reminders and auto prescription refills and has a fall detector. The smartwatch also provides data for heart rate, location, movement and sleep.

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“Connected smartwatches developed with healthcare in mind are a step forward into the future of patient care,” said Joe Mosele, vice president of the Internet of Things at AT&T. “The ability to connect caregivers and patients is just one example of how connectivity is transforming healthcare and creating new care models.”

According to AT&T and OneLife, the wearable technology also has fully encrypted medical records that can be accessed via a cloud-based dashboard and an open application programming interface that allows connection to any system, including electronic health record platforms.

Its Bluetooth capability gives users the opportunity to connect other health and medical devices to the watch, such as a blood pressure cuff, glucometer or weight scale to gather additional health data.

The announcement also claims that the LTE-M Low-Power Wide-Area network — which operates at a lower cost with greater power efficiency than traditional mobile networks — makes it possible for OnePulse to have a five-day battery life.

“Our network will help medical providers and caregivers monitor patients from a distance and receive alerts if something goes wrong,” Mosele said.

OnePulse is expected to be available for purchase by healthcare providers next month.

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