Memorial Hermann inks deal with Verizon Wireless

By Brian Dolan
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Memorial HermannMemorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston has just inked a wireless network boost deal with Verizon Wireless to install and maintain a signal booster in the facility. The system Verizon Wireless will install was built by Molitoris, a distributed antenna systems (DAS) vendor:

"The system that Molitoris built is a hybrid between information technology and telecommunication," said David Bradshaw, Memorial Hermann Chief Information Officer. "The installation of these systems will allow patients, hospital staff, physicians and visitors to have uninterrupted wireless calls in the most remote areas of the facility. Incorporating this system advances our ongoing commitment to patient safety and care."

While no single carrier has cornered the market for any particular patient group or their family members, Memorial Hermann recently became a poster child for hospitals that equip their staff with iPhones. Of course, iPhones only run on AT&T's network in the US.  

On its corporate website, Apple recently profiled Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, Texas, which has outfitted some of its 19,500 employees across 11 hospitals with iPhones.

“Health care is a very real-time business,” David Bradshaw, Chief Information, Planning, and Marketing Officer at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System told Apple a few months ago. “We need anywhere, anytime computing, and iPhone is the best platform for the applications we’re choosing.”

Rumors have circulated recently that the iPhone's exclusivity with AT&T might end some time next year, which may cast some light on this deal. Or it's just a multi-facility hospital system that has piloted some iPhones but also needs to take care of Verizon Wireless users, too. More