Telecom services provider Verizon recently signed a deal with Healthsense to co-market the remote monitoring company's services to senior living communities that have Verizon's FiOS fiber optic network installed. Verizon FiOS offers telecom services including high-speed internet and television. Healthsense's WiFi-based home health services include health care alerts to caregivers, medication reminders, and remote vital sign monitoring systems, according to the company.
Healthsense will install and maintain its systems and services. Verizon plans to begin marketing the home health services this month.
"We look forward to the opportunity to introduce Healthsense to our multihousing communities currently without a home health care solution or without cost-effective systems," Eric Cevis, vice president for Verizon Enhanced Communities, a strategic unit of Verizon that delivers FiOS to multidwelling facilities and new developments stated in a press release. "Healthsense's nationally recognized wellness-delivery programs and devices are an ideal match for those communities that also have chosen to enable Verizon's FiOS network."
Verizon Wireless, which is partly owned by Verizon, announced that it was partnering with BL Healthcare for home health services based on that company's touchscreen monitor in April 2010. Verizon Investments even contributed a $2 million round of funding in BL Healthcare announced in February 2011.
“Verizon Wireless selected BL Healthcare as an ecosystem developer that best aligned with our vision of remote, patient-focused, next-generation healthcare,” John Maschenic, director of healthcare solutions for Verizon Wireless, said about BL last April. “The BL Healthcare platform, combined with the Verizon Wireless network, will help healthcare providers select various applications and services based on their patients’ conditions and needs, giving the provider an active role in defining and managing a patient healthcare and wellness program.”