DALLAS, Oct. 17, 2012 – PRNewswire — More than 35 million Americans are over
age 65, and that number is set to nearly double in 20 years. Those 85 and
older are the fastest growing segment of the population in the United States
and many currently suffer from some form of chronic disease and some form of
disability; and if possible, prefer to remain at home rather than transfer to
a care facility^1.
In an effort to make caring for patients outside of hospital and nursing home
walls more accessible, and to improve quality of life for the elderly, AT&T*
and Embedded Wireless are teaming up to wirelessly enable a new remote patient
monitoring platform. The companies today announced that AT&T will be the
exclusive 4G LTE mobile internet provider for the Zilant™ Wellness Remote
Monitoring Platform and a mobile personal emergency response (mPERS) system.
Chronic conditions account for nearly 80 percent of physician visits, more
than 80 percent of hospital in-patient stays, more than 90 percent of
prescriptions, and more than 95 percent of home healthcare visits. Patients
recently hospitalized with chronic conditions are at significantly higher risk
for readmission; this accounts for an estimated 85 percent of the cost of
healthcare in U.S.A.^2
Advances in the use of wireless technologies in providing for remote
healthcare like the Zilant™ Wellness Platform and the mPERS Pendant enables
caregivers to efficiently monitor patients at dramatically lower care costs.
The Zilant™ Wellness Platform is a home monitoring platform that integrates a
system of monitoring devices and environment sensors to facilitate elder care,
chronic disease management and independent living. The mPERS Pendant is a
personal emergency response device worn around the neck. It will continuously
monitor activity, location and can detect falls. It will manually or
automatically initiate two-way voice communication for emergency response
while simultaneously transmitting relevant data such as location and relevant
personal information to the pre-designated parties.
“We’re teaming up with Embedded Wireless to make in-home remote patient
monitoring simpler and more effective for healthcare organizations to deploy
and scale,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, AT&T Emerging Devices.
“Systems can be fully operational at home within hours of a patient’s
discharge from the hospital, giving caregivers and healthcare providers the
ability to remotely monitor data gathered by home based sensors and monitoring
devices – all over the nation’s largest 4G network.”
Zilant allows elders to share their daily activities with caregivers and
family through the cloud with a secure web browser and password. Key features
are motion detection, environment monitoring, vital signs measurement, 24×7
personal emergency alert pendant (PERS) and video observation. With mPERS,
patients will be truly mobile with a direct cellular link to a caregiver over
the AT&T 4G LTE wireless network. At home, mPERS reverts to a WiFi connection
with the Zilant™ which integrates data from the mPERS device and communicates
with caregivers through the wireless network connection.
“We are very excited to work with AT&T – a global leader in wireless, high
speed Internet, Wi-Fi and cloud based services,” said Dr. Rama Shukla, CEO of
Embedded Wireless, Inc. “With Zilant™ Wellness Platform technology and
solutions built around it, Embedded Wireless aims to enable high-quality and
low-cost remote patient monitoring and eldercare services across the US and
globally. Working with AT&T gives us access to the nation’s largest 4G and
provides innovative solutions connecting caregivers (including Elder Care
Services) to patients and clients for monitoring, response and intervention on
a flexible and expandable platform. Patients and their loved ones will enjoy
peace of mind and a sense of security knowing their activity and biometric
data allows quick response to any adverse event. We are passionate about
driving improvements in the economics and quality of life for the elderly
living at home with our state of the art WEB 2.0 based wireless technologies.”
The Zilant™ Wellness Platform, now being piloted in eldercare environments in
the U.S. and Europe, is expected to launch later this year; and will be
exhibited next week at the National Association of Home Care meeting in
Orlando, booth #737; and also at the Connected Health Symposium in Boston,
For more information on AT&T, please visit http://www.att.com.
For more information on the Zilant™ Wellness Platform, visit
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and
affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
^1 US Census data referenced by author and EWL clinical partner, Allan S.
Teel, MD, in his book ‘Alone And Invisible No More’, and Full Circle America
^2 Kalorama Information: Patient Monitoring Systems Markets Remote and
Wireless May 2010
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About Embedded Wireless
Embedded Wireless is a next-generation wireless telecommunications company and
a global developer/supplier of wireless sensor and networking technologies for
telecommunications, mobile wellness, elder homecare and home automation.
Embedded Wireless’ Zilant Wellness Platform and mPERS system delivers
connected healthcare solutions and services for independent living – including
chronic disease management, elderly home care, personal wellness, security
intelligent automation, end-to-end 3G/4G enterprise solutions and
This news release and additional information on products and services by
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