CHICAGO — LifeWatch Services, Inc., the leading provider of wireless telemedicine services in the United States, today announced that it has reached an exclusive agreement with Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless service provider. Under this agreement, Verizon Wireless will be the preferred network for LifeWatch’s successful remote monitoring service for cardiac patients.
LifeWatch’s rapidly expanding LifeStar™ ACT Ambulatory Cardiac Telemetry service has been used by more than 60,000 patients since its introduction in January 2007. The service is routinely selected by the top 50 heart centers in the United States.
“This strategic agreement underscores the common vision shared by LifeWatch and Verizon Wireless in the evolving telemedicine industry by combining our applications for timely patient diagnoses with the most reliable wireless telecommunication platform providing the highest quality transmissions of critical data,” said Dr. Yacov Geva, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Card Guard AG, the parent company of LifeWatch.
“Verizon Wireless’ Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) 3G network provides a secure, high-speed path for carrying data today and it will continue to do so as the demand increases in the future,” said T.J. Fox, president-Illinois/Wisconsin Region, Verizon Wireless. “This agreement provides LifeWatch with custom solutions and a wireless platform to support long-term growth in the expanding healthcare market.”
Dr. Geva added, “New avenues of development for both companies will open as LifeWatch expands our innovation pipeline to remotely monitor patients for additional disease states and wellness conditions from virtually any location.”
About LifeWatch Corp. LifeWatch is a wholly owned subsidiary of LifeWatch AG, the leading healthcare technology and solutions provider listed on SIX Swiss Stock Exchange (LIFE). LifeWatch Corp., through its operating subsidiaries LifeWatch Services, Inc. and LifeWatch Technologies, Inc. (Instromedix) is an independent provider of ambulatory cardiac monitoring services and a manufacturer and distributor of ambulatory cardiac and vital signs monitoring devices in the United States. Its current services are used by physicians primarily to monitor patients who are suspected of having heart rhythm disorders, or cardiac arrhythmias, and its products are used by itself and by others in connection with providing cardiac monitoring services. For more information, visit: www.lifewatch.com.
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