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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...

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Aurora Ercilla touches a screen after taking her blood pressure during a remote check monitored by Hospital del Mar from her home in Barcelona, December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Albert Gea

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Aurora Ercilla weighs herself on the scale during a remote check monitored by Hospital del Mar from her home in Barcelona, December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Albert Gea

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