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AT&T reveals healthcare tech initiatives at CES

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Posted at 6:30 AM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 07:57:32-05

AT&T is ramping up their efforts in the healthcare industry—with new initiatives revealed this week at CES in Las Vegas. 

It’s a move that shows their dedication to technology solutions that can help improve the way we live.

The telecommunications corporation announced the slated February opening of the AT&T Foundry for Connected Health on Texas Medical Center's campus. 

This facility’s aim is to help along the development of digital health innovations to benefit caregivers and patients, according to the company.

AT&T states in a press release that the Foundry will foster new companies and provide a resource for physicians at the largest medical center in the world.

In line with AT&T's desire to help solve health issues with the Internet of Things—the company also announced an agreement with YOFimeter. 

A connected glucose meter will wirelessly transmit patient health information to caregivers over AT&T's secure network.

People will be able to use the device to manage their diabetes with the ability to test on the go and send information regarding blood sugar levels, biometric data—even voice notes.

It’s currently awaiting clearance by the Federal Drug Administration— with production expected to start this year.

“This is the year that people see how the Internet of Things (IoT) can solve real health issues,” said Chris Penrose, Senior Vice President, Internet of Things (IoT), AT&T Mobility, in a press release. “It’s one thing to have the data to address today’s healthcare challenges. It’s another to put that data to action. We believe AT&T’s Connected Health solutions have the ability to dramatically change how people take care of themselves and lower costs – for patients, hospitals and caregivers.”