Tuesday, March 27, 2012

First wireless smartphone electrocardiogram demos success in monitoring patients’ heart health

CHICAGO & SAN FRANCISCO, USA: AliveCor, the developer of a breakthrough mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) recorder, announced results from a study that demonstrated how the company’s ECG monitoring device is intuitive and allows users to learn and characterize their heart rates by using the hand-held device in their hands or on their chest. The data from the credit card sized wireless device is designed to help physicians and health care providers monitor and assess their patients’ heart health for a variety of medical reasons.

The AliveCor smartphone ECG is an innovative, investigational medical wireless device which incorporates electrodes into a wireless case that snaps onto the back of a smart phone, allowing for wireless single-lead recording of 30-second rhythm strips that are stored securely in the cloud and the device itself. The ECGs are wirelessly downloaded for immediate interpretation using a variety of browsers. The AliveCor smartphone ECG is designed to work in conjunction with a range of mobile platforms, including iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

The results from this study were presented yesterday in a poster presentation at the American College of Cardiology 61st Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago (Abstract # 1247-575) by Dr. David Albert, Founder & Chief Medical Officer of AliveCor and Dr. Leslie Saxon, Chief Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine and the director of the Center for Body Computing at USC.

Inventor, Dr. Albert, commented: “The implications of this technology for improving public awareness of health metrics and for early diagnosis of arrhythmias could be beneficial for physicians, their patients and for payers. Current monitoring systems for diagnosing arrhythmias are cumbersome, result in an inefficient use of health care resources, are subject to inaccuracy due to lack of patient compliance and fail to reach many patients who need better monitoring.”

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