Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

AT&T sees first medical wearable certified for LTE-M network

Steve Rogerson
March 5, 2019

AT&T announced at last week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that the first medical wearable has been certified for its LTE-M network. It comes from Illinois-based OneLife Technologies, a mobile medical software and data collection company.
The OnePulse smartwatch goes beyond tracking steps. It provides activity trackers, reminders and alert technologies. Powered by AT&T wireless connectivity, the wearable securely and independently transmits critical medical and health data to the cloud. This allows clinicians, patients and their caregivers to monitor user status and wellbeing.
The LTE-M connection allows clinicians near real-time access to patient data in a highly secure environment, providing caregivers with the ability to intervene when necessary. The LTE-M low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) is designed for IoT devices that are compact. This makes possible OnePulse’s five-day battery life, always-on feature and light-weight design.
“Enabling AT&T connectivity for our devices is a major step in launching our hub-of-care concept in becoming a leading population health platform with our innovative wearable having the ability to connect patients to their caregivers, virtually in near real time, almost anywhere in North America,” said Robert Wagner, CEO of OneLife Technologies. “We all want the best healthcare possible – in an emergency, as we age, for our loved ones, or to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Now, that level of service is available with the AT&T-connected OnePulse medical and health smartwatch.”
The OnePulse technology provides data for heart rate, location, movement and sleep at the wrist. OneLife’s proprietary Bluetooth protocol provides the ability to connect to other health and medical devices. For example, blood pressure cuff, glucometer, SpO2 monitor, weight scale and so on can connect for collection and transmission of additional health data tracking. This provides the clinician and patient a wide-ranging view of overall health.
“Connected smartwatches developed with healthcare in mind are a step forward into the future of patient care,” said Joe Mosele, vice president for IoT 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. Our network will help medical providers and caregivers monitor patients from a distance and receive alerts if something goes wrong.”
The smartwatch is a tool for the medical provider to monitor chronically ill and elderly patients who plan to age in place. It offers benefits for the user, clinician and caregiver:

  • Round-the-clock monitoring with near real-time alerts for family and/or doctor;
  • Medication reminders and auto prescription refills;
  • Fall detection;
  • Customisable suite of services for specialty conditions;
  • Encrypted medical records that can be accessed via a cloud-based dashboard;
  • Artificial intelligence analytics and predictive analysis; and
  • Open API allows connection to any system including electronic health and medical record platforms.
The smartwatch suits practical, affordable telehealth and remote patient monitoring. It is expected to be available for purchase by healthcare providers later this month.