An irregular heartbeat could be harmless . . . or threaten a patient’s life. To diagnose the problem, doctors have patients wear a monitor to record their daily heart function. Patients would then connect the device to a phone line or even return it to the doctor’s office for analysis. The result was extra work, and potential delays in diagnosis and treatment.

Knowing trouble for a patient could be a heartbeat away, eCardio Diagnostics created wireless monitors to provide near real-time data delivery. These automatically send heart data over the AT&T wireless network with machine-to-machine connectivity to a 24-hour Monitoring Center. Technicians there interpret the data, notify physicians of serious events and upload reports to a web portal that doctors can access from virtually anywhere.