March 28, 2009
New cell phone app for heart patients
Here's a cell phone app that could actually save lives: AT&T Inc. is introducing technology that lets patients monitor their heartbeat and automatically transfer the data to their cardiologists using Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. SF Gate reports.
The service, offered by MedNet Healthcare Technologies, allows customers who are in AT&T's network range or roaming areas to send the information to a central monitoring center, which then relays the information to their doctor. The service is available for a monthly fee, and doctors must be signed up to use it.
Patients using an older service offered by MedNet have to call a toll-free number and then put their monitoring device near a landline receiver in order to transmit their data to the center.
MedNet also will use AT&T voice services so cardiac technicians and physicians can quickly contact patients if necessary. The service will be available April 21.
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