DALLAS, Jan. 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- What's the
news? AT&T* is teaming up with Smart Meter to improve
health outcomes for patients with chronic conditions like diabetes
and high blood pressure. Smart Meter supplies healthcare providers
with cellular remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices and services,
including the SmartRPM™ solution, iGlucose®,
iBloodPressure 2.0™, iScale™ and soon, the iPulseOx™, being
unveiled at CES 2022 in Las
Vegas. These devices run on AT&T's nationwide IoT
network, known for its reliability and coverage.
Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death in the
U.S., and they're on the rise. Hypertension can lead to 2 of the
biggest killers in this country - heart disease and stroke -
while diabetes ranks 7th for deaths. But studies show remote
patient monitoring can help change this. For example, 84% of
diabetes and 88%1 of hypertension patients at
highest risk for severe disease complications experienced
significant improvements in their health when using the Smart Meter
iGlucose and iBloodPressure as part of RPM programs.
Why is this important? Consistent use is
a must for an effective RPM program. So, the simpler the solution,
the more likely the patient will use it. Smart Meter's
cellular-enabled devices simplify RPM. They are an easy
out-of-the-box solution; just insert the included batteries and
press the start button. The monitoring devices contain IoT SIM
cards, so they automatically send the patient's data over the
AT&T IoT network to the SmartRPM cloud. The healthcare provider
then accesses the data there via secure log-in.
Unlike cellular-enabled RPM devices, Bluetooth-enabled
monitoring devices require the user to pair the device with a
smartphone or tablet, download the data, and then send it to the
doctor. It's a more complicated solution that oftentimes involves
troubleshooting. This can be intimidating and frustrating for users
and can lead to them not continuing with the RPM program. Cellular
RPM devices help lessen the technological divide and are more
accessible to patients of all ages, regardless of digital literacy
and access to connectivity.
What are the benefits?
For patients, Smart Meter's cellular RPM devices mean easy
access to improved healthcare with the peace of mind that comes
from frequent assurances and support. For health care providers,
the benefits include ready access to more complete patient data and
the ability to act on it in near real-time, while automatic record
keeping meets requirements for reimbursement.
Because of these benefits, a growing number of doctors are
embracing RPM. A recent survey found 43% of clinicians believe
RPM adoption will be on par with in-patient monitoring in 5
What are people saying?
"The iGlucose solution proved to be an outstanding resource for
my clinical team to enable greater insights into our patients'
results between visits. More than 70% of participants required
some form of intervention prior to their next in-office visit, and
as a result, there was a reduction in emergency room visits and
need for hospitalizations, demonstrating better overall diabetes
care." – Dr. Gail L.
Nunlee-Bland, MD, Howard
University Diabetes Treatment Center
"Our collaboration with Smart Meter is another example of how
our IoT connectivity is advancing connected healthcare. IoT-enabled
devices ultimately provide a quicker and more convenient patient
service with better outcomes for both the patient and the
healthcare provider." – Joe
Drygas, VP of AT&T Healthcare Industry Solutions
"As an early RPM innovator, Smart Meter has done extensive work
to drive the best outcomes by improving patient engagement and
adherence, and our cellular alliance with AT&T has been a large
part of our success." – Casey
Pittock, Smart Meter CEO
1 Based on Smart Meter data on file.
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About Smart Meter, LLC
Smart Meter is the leading supplier of cellular-enabled virtual
care technologies including the iGlucose®, iBloodPressure™,
iScale™, iPulseOx™, and the SmartRPM™ cloud platform. Smart
Meter's remote patient monitoring solutions are recognized as the
standard for the RPM industry and are regarded for their high
patient retention and satisfaction. The unique combination of
reliable health data, patient-friendly devices, and platform
integrations enable and enhance RPM, Chronic Care Management (CCM),
Employee Wellness, Population Health, and Telehealth programs for
more than 300 RPM distribution partners across the United States. For more information,
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