Focused on digital health innovations, the AT&T Foundry for Connected Health is a space where AT&T collaborates with hospitals, caregivers, administrators, and startups to address real-world clinical problems. It also marks a unique collaboration with the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the largest medical center in the world and a premier center for health care innovation.
The location is also a magnet for health care startups. TMC opened the TMC Innovation Institute in October -2014 with an accelerator program, TMCx, a workspace for health startups, and a fellowship program all co-located at a building on the TMC campus.
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.
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 researchers, doctors, and other groups.
The first product to come out of the AT&T Foundry for Connected Health was Aira. The project uses wearable glasses with a connected video camera and remote human agents to help blind and visually impaired customers complete everyday tasks with greater efficiency. In April 2017, a runner in the Boston Marathon with a severe degenerative eye disease wore the Aira glasses, the first time anyone has competed in the event with the help of a remote human agent.
Aira is emblematic of the mission of the AT&T Foundry for Connected Health: to provide an atmosphere for collaboration and innovation in the health care space, and to solve some of the most critical health care challenges in the world today.
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.