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AT&T makes connected health a priority

AT&T has invested heavily in developed “internet of things” business lines in recent years. This point was underscored today with the opening of The Foundry for Connected Health at Texas Medical Center in Houston.

AT&T uses its foundries to provide innovation centers dedicated to particular areas of technology. For instance, the Plano, Texas, IoT Foundry focuses on development of IoT solutions, while the Atlanta Foundry focuses on connected car and home automation solutions. Additional foundries are located in Ra’anana, Israel; and Palo Alto, California.

The goal of the new facility in Houston is to help health care professionals “improve care while still lowering costs,” according to the carrier.

“We’ve been listening to the health care industry, many of which are already customers, about the challenges they face today,” said Chris Penrose, SVP of internet of things at AT&T. “We want to help create stronger connections between caregivers and patients. By applying the Foundry model and IoT insights into health care, we can help providers accomplish their goals.”

“The Houston AT&T Foundry is unique because it’s located directly among our potential customers. We’ll collaborate with the hospitals, clinics, startups and other TMC facilities to address big problems in the industry,” said Igal Elbaz, VP of ecosystem and innovation, AT&T. “Working with [the] Texas Medical Center and its network of hospitals and researchers will help strengthen and accelerate the innovation we bring to market.”

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“The opening of the AT&T Foundry at the Texas Medical Center demonstrates how global industry leaders are playing an essential role in advancing the life science and innovation ecosystem,” said Robert Robbins, president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center. “Digital health is the next frontier for innovation as we work to improve the way we take care of patients in our hospitals, ultimately extending that care beyond hospital walls and into patients’ daily lives at home.”

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