AT&T adds device that detects falls, calls emergency services

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 1:30pm
Brian Santo

AT&T extended its string of new broadband network add-ons with the introduction of a device that can detect when the customer falls down, and automatically initiate a call to emergency services.

EverThere includes a detection device, charger, lanyard and a belt clip.

AT&T said the difference between EverThere and previous fall detection services is that EverThere gives users 24/7 access to emergency services following a fall from virtually anywhere, meaning they are no longer limited to its benefits only while at home.

The new mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) uses AT&T’s wireless network for communications and location information. The device can automatically detect a fall and connect to a call center for two-way voice communication for immediate response and support.

The device and associated service can be used by individuals, and AT&T ForHealth also offers EverThere to enterprise customers, such as insurance companies, healthcare providers, home health agencies and assisted living operators.

Individual consumers can purchase EverThere for $99.99 with an 11-month contract with a monthly service charge of $29.99. A no-contract no-cancellation-fee option costs an extra $100; the monthly service charge is the same.

This solution is part of AT&T’s complete suite of remote patient monitoring (RPM) care solutions, including the AT&T RPM software-as-a-service and an end-to-end managed RPM service.  Together, these solutions provide a foundation for full aging-in-place care, the company said.

The company cited statistics that at least one-third of adults over 65 in North America fall each year. often resulting in injury and leading to severe and chronic concerns.

Separately, AT&T U-verse today announced availability of another app, The Weather Channel App.

Developed by AT&T in conjunction with the Weather Co., the app can be customized to show local weather for up to five cities.


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