AT&T and OneLife Technologies announced what they say is the first LTE-M certified medical and health data wearable, the OnePulse smartwatch, which obviously goes beyond tracking steps. It provides activity trackers, reminders, and alerts — and is able to securely transmit certain critical medical and health data to the cloud. From there – clinicians, patients and their caregivers can monitor user status and well-being.
"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," Robert Wagner, CEO of OneLife Technologies, said in a statement. "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. The company's proprietary Bluetooth protocol provides the ability to easily connect to other health and medical devices such as a blood pressure cuff, glucometer, SPo2 monitor, weight scale, and so on — so that the additional data points could be collected.
The OnePulse smartwatch boasts a five-day battery life, always on feature and light weight design. As such, it is described as a "valuable tool" for the medical provider to monitor chronically ill and elderly patients who plan to "age in place". To that end, it provides medication reminders and auto prescription refills, fall detection, a customizable suite of services for specialty conditions, fully encrypted medical records, and AI-based analytics and predictive analysis. In addition, thanks to the Open API, other apps and services could be connected to the system, including Electronic Health/Medical Record platforms
The OnePulse LTE-M medical and health smartwatch is expected to be available for purchase by healthcare providers in March of this year.