Aligned with the AT&T Internet of Things (IoT) organization, the team at the AT&T Foundry for Connected Health works in 12-week sprint cycles to design and prototype connected and integrated health care solutions for internal and external customers With those prototypes in hand, the team then collaborates with the customers and in-house business development leads to create go-to-market strategies.
The first product to come out of the AT&T Foundry for Connected Health was Aira. The project uses eyeglasses with connected video cameras and remote human assistants to help blind and visually impaired customers get through everyday tasks with greater efficiency and tackle new challenges.
Aira is emblematic of the mission of the AT&T Foundry for Connected Health: to create a collaborative and innovative proving ground for connected solutions to solve some of the most critical health care challenges in the world today.
One of those challenges is figuring out how to help people with severe or chronic medical problems spend less time at the hospital and more time at home.
The AT&T Foundry for Connected Health is constantly evolving the Independent Living Lab to test non-obtrusive sensors.
Think bed and couch pressure sensors, ultrasonic sensors for motion, temperature sensors and magnetic sensors. We want seniors to be able to retire and live in the comfort of their own homes, while ensuring their safety and well-being are monitored. With these sensors, health care happens in the background.
There are also opportunities for connected health care beyond connected devices. For example, with AT&T Network 3.0 Indigo, we’re exploring what we call “data communities,” where groups such as hospitals can securely share data, such as MRI images, in a controlled manner with other groups such as researchers and doctors.
The AT&T Foundry has always been about bringing ideas from concept to commercialization faster than previously possible through a unique innovation culture. With the AT&T Foundry for Connected Health, we’re merging that mission with a drive to improve lives and give medical experts the tools they need to advance the next generation of care.