AT&T ForHealth, VRI announce joint home monitoring (US)

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At ATA, AT&T and VRI announced that they would jointly develop a home health platform over the AT&T wireless network. Alerts based on VRI’s proprietary software will be monitored by their nurse case managers and marketed by AT&T’s ForHealth unit starting 3Q 2012. According to the eWeek article, AT&T will sell VRI’s services and hardware (e.g. blood pressure cuffs, weight scales, pulse oximeters) and manage enterprise billing and customer support. Earlier reports have ForHealth systems being sold in AT&T wireless stores. According to Eleanor Chye, AT&T is developing middleware so that population reporting can be generated from VRI and other AT&T mobile-health data platforms. The express purpose is to reduce readmissions and better manage chronic conditions. Article.