Verizon becomes preferred carrier for LifeWatch

Verizon Wireless reached an agreement with the wireless telemedicine services company LifeWatch to become the preferred wireless network for LifeWatch's remote monitoring service for cardiac patients.

The service, called LifeStar ACT Ambulatory Cardiac Telemetry, has been used by 60,000 patients since it was introduced in January 2007, LifeWatch said in a statement. The company said the service is routinely selected by the top 50 heart centers in the U.S.

The move is the latest for Verizon as it expands wireless services to the health care sector. Among the devices Verizon has certified in its Open Development Lab is a wireless tablet for the health care industry that serves as a portable medical chart.

Other wireless carriers are also looking to diversify their businesses by playing in health care. Sprint Nextel and GE Healthcare won a multi-million dollar contract in April to provide converged wireless networks, services, software and infrastructure for six Texas hospitals.

For more:
- see this release

Related Articles:
Verizon: E-readers are hot devices
Sprint offering cable companies converged services
Sprint looking for embedded wireless partnerships
Qualcomm considers South Korean wireless, health care investments

Suggested Articles

The C-Band Alliance (CBA) now says the U.S. could see billions of dollars going to the U.S. Treasury if its auction of C-band spectrum gets approved.

T-Mobile appears to be working to gain favor in NY, promising more jobs in new tax revenue from a second new customer experience center in the state.

Google announced it’s bringing RCS chat services to Android users in the U.S.