ALIVECOR iPHONE iPAD ANDROID ECG
UPDATE: DECEMBER 4TH, 2012: DEVICE JUST APPROVED BY FDA!!!
AliveCor is a very popular app/device which produces a relable one-lead ECG usuing the iPhone, or Android device. And it able to grossly demonstrate any rhythm disturbances, in real-time.
A good start is to watch a YouTube video about this wonderful device.
AliveCor was invented by David Albert, MD, a cardiologist from Oklahoma, and son of former Speaker of the House, Carl Albert. AliveCor is a peripheral device that attatches to a Smart Phone, doing a one lead EKG. It has NOT been approved by the FDA, as of yet, but the appproval does look imminent, since many heavy hitter investments firms have committed more than 14 million dollars. Clinical trials have been performed as of June 2012, the results of which stimulated even more funding from the formidable Qualcomm, a gold standard investment firm in the field of Internet Medicine.
Basically, a peripheral device, projected to be around $100, is attatched to any Smartphone, and a real time, a high quality one lead EKG can be done. This EKG can be done anywhere a Smartphone goes, and allows for rapid, quick assessment of some cardiac problems in the field, including rhythm disturbances. To truly diagnose a full MI, however, the AliveCor is not able, since it does not give a total picture of many leads. A full EKG is indicated for that MI.
Additionally, its’ low cost also allows for mass screening in developing countries.
And like any wireless device, one is allowed to transmit any questionable EKG to any other Smartphone, which allows for in-the-field consultations with cardiologists, which are relatively scare in developing countries.
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AliveCor’s ECG device basically enables medical professionals and regular consumers to monitor a person heart health. Its cardiac monitoring technology is designed to work with the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Here’s the original Video, made by Dr. Albert to demonstrate the use of this device
Here’s the video review from the North Carolina-based iMedicalapps.com