Beyond mobile: Telcos hook up hospitals, cars and coffeemakers

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Nurse Ana Linas looks at patients' remote check-up results from Hospital del Mar in Barcelona, December 4, 2012. In Barcelona's Hospital Del Mar, Telefonica is doing more than connecting phone lines - it is also developing a lucrative new business keeping patients' hearts in good shape. Every morning, patients recovering from heart attacks use equipment installed in their homes by Telefonica to weigh themselves, take their blood pressure and answer a few questions on their symptoms via a touch screen. The information is transmitted to nurses at the seaside hospital's cardiac unit who follow up by phone if they have any concerns. REUTERS/Albert Gea