Alcatel-Lucent Shows Telehealth, Public Safety Vehicle Concepts at CES

By Brian T. Horowitz  |  Posted 2012-01-13 Print this article Print

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"[First responders] need the secure ability to communicate across a multitude of platforms," said Carfagnini. The Striker uses a secure LTE broadband base station in the vehicle, which serves public safety and medical personnel when it would be traveling in an area without cellular connectivity, he said.

The Striker connects to a Band 14 LTE 4G network and enables paramedics and police officers to communicate using push-to-talk devices. Data from health-monitoring devices in the Striker vehicle could be transferred through the cloud to a doctor's office or hospital.

Ng Connect also demonstrated TeleConsult, a video conferencing concept for tablets and mobile devices that allows doctors and patients to connect over Alcatel-Lucent's high-bandwidth, low-latency LTE connection, said Carfagnini. The concept uses Boston Life Labs' Bluetooth medical devices and telehealth platform.

In addition, Boston Life's Hbox Hub transfers biometric data from up to 12 Bluetooth devices to MMRGlobal's MyMedicalRecords cloud EHR platform. The Striker and TeleConsult both incorporate MyMedicalRecords.

"We believe that the concepts and collaborative projects the ng Connect program develop will allow us to make a global impact on technical development and implementation within the health-care delivery system," said Richard Binier, CEO of Boston Life Labs, in a statement.

TeleConsult could help doctors manage patients with chronic conditions and perform remote surgery, Carfagnini noted. Paramedics could also connect back with a hospital.

"If a surgeon at a hospital is asking the paramedic about something and the paramedic is not able to articulate an answer very well, you can use a connected device for a two-way video conference," Carfagnini explained.

Through a TeleConsult session, a paramedic would be able to show doctors back in the hospital a live view of a wound and seek guidance on how to treat it, he said. TeleConsult could also use broadband LTE to connect patients with live video conferencing sessions in the home.

"With TeleConsult, we're using LTE as a key bridge between the Bluetooth devices that connect to a Bluetooth hub in home," said Carfagnini.

In addition, TeleConsult integrates voice and text applications from Voxer and video content from Framework Interactive TV.

At CES, Alcatel-Lucent also showed additional ngConnect concepts, including Avatrainer, a fitness game incorporating Microsoft Kinect avatars and a Zephyr health-monitoring application. Players can store their fitness information from the game in the cloud.


Brian T. Horowitz is a freelance technology and health writer as well as a copy editor. Brian has worked on the tech beat since 1996 and covered health care IT and rugged mobile computing for eWEEK since 2010. He has contributed to more than 20 publications, including Computer Shopper, Fast Company,, More, NYSE Magazine, Parents,, USA Weekend and, as well as other consumer and trade publications. Brian holds a B.A. from Hofstra University in New York.

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