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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Your iPhone can now become an electrocardiogram - and a lot more


A US company, AliveCor, is selling a heart monitor that measures electrical impulses of the heart (an electrocardiogram [ECG, EKG]), as well as heart rate.


This is not a toy. The product has been cleared by the FDA for sale in the U.S. for use by "licensed medical professionals to record, display, store, transfer, and evaluate single-channel electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythms."

Cost = $199.00

I thought this was amusing:

AliveCor’s Heart Monitor is intended for use by licensed U.S. medical professionals to record, display, store, transfer, and evaluate single-channel electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythms. The device is not currently available for pre-sale to patients and consumers. We will have more information available for patients and consumers in January.


There is no way the company is not going to go for the much larger consumer market.

As I wrote yesterday, about people taking their health care into their own hands, this is another diagnostic tool they can use. How hard can it be to interpret a single channel ECG?

With an industry fast developing sensors for measuring all sorts of blood, urine, breathing, activity levels - most based on smartphones - the engaged consumer could soon be  better equipped than their doctors. You think I am kidding? Dick Stroud

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