From next month US residents with heart problems will be able to rest a little easier thanks to new monitoring system that relies on a commonplace wireless technology – Bluetooth in mobile phones.
The MedNet Healthcare Technologies service works with the US AT&T phone network to hook handsets up to special heart-monitoring devices.
Users either worried about their condition or due for a check-up simply attach the monitor and press a button to send cardiac data to their phones over Bluetooth and then on to a central monitoring centre.
After that, data travels to the appropriate doctors for analysis and patients get feedback through normal channels. Naturally, if the situation is life-threatening, those channels include an emergency phone call.