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The health startup Alivecor, makers of a clinical-quality mobile ECG monitor, hopes to get their app approved by the iTunes store just like everyone else—but first their app has to pass muster with an even tougher organization: the US Food and Drug Administration.
One of only a handful of apps that require such approval, the Alivecor product will allow doctors and nurses to quickly and accurately measure a patient’s ECG. The hardware is a simple case embedded with two electrodes that fits right over an iPhone. Place those electrodes on a user’s chest, and the corresponding Alivecor iPhone app displays the rate and rhythm of the user’s heart, even sending the readings to a cloud database for analysis. I’ve tried the device myself, and it worked even when I placed a couple of fingers on the case. Slick technology; hopefully it won’t be long before we’re issuing these to first year med students.blog comments powered by Disqus