Sprint, AirStrip Partner On Hospital Telehealth
Medical facilities will get financial and technical help building robust in-building mobile networks to transmit medical data using 4G handsets from Sprint.
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Under the terms of the agreement announced Tuesday, AirStrip applications will be available on Sprint smartphones, like the HTC EVO 4G and soon the Samsung Epic 4G. The applications are Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant and Food and Drug Administration cleared.
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The companies are collaborating for a cost-effective, bundled offer that includes Sprint's clinical grade in-building coverage enhancement and AirStrip services for hospitals that agree to expand or extend an enterprise commitment to the Sprint network for employees.
According to AirStrip officials, the deal will help their business strategy on two fronts: first Sprint will assist hospitals with upfront costs to implement the technology needed to transmit data at high speeds, which AirStrip officials hope will accelerate adoption of its technology. Second, access to robust networks will allow AirStrip to broaden the features it offers to doctors, nurses, and other clinicians.
"Sprint is a committed partner offering to help relieve any fiscal concerns for customers looking to sign on with both Sprint and AirStrip," Bruce Brandes, chief sales officer at AirStrip Technologies told InformationWeek. "Sprint will help offset some initial expenses to get AirStrip implemented quickly so hospitals won't have to wait due to fiscal constraints that don't offer room for unbudgeted projects."