Flagstaff Medical Center in Arizona is launching a program to use smartphones to monitor the health status of home-based cardiac patients.

Technology for the program includes health monitoring systems from Qualcomm and Zephyr Technology, and 3G-enabled Motorola Droid X2 smartphones from Verizon Wireless.

The hospital is seeking participants among patients discharged following an admission for congestive heart failure or related conditions. It recently enrolled the first of 50 patients for the project and will target underserved populations in northern Arizona including Native American reservations.

Patients will receive training on using such wireless devices as an oxygen and pulse monitor, blood pressure cuff, weight scale, and a Zephyr system to measure respiration rate, skin temperature, activity and posture, then transmit data to Flagstaff Medical via a secure Web portal.


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