February 11, 2014
San Francisco-based AliveCor announced that the FDA has granted its smartphone-enabled, single-channel ECG (electrocardiogram) recorder device over-the-counter (OTC) clearance. The company is now taking direct-to-consumer preorders for the device at a $199 pricepoint. It expects to begin shipping them in early March. Up until now the AliveCor device has only been made available to physicians and...
April 4, 2013
This week AliveCor, which offers the FDA-cleared iPhone-enabled Heart Monitor (formerly called the iPhoneECG), announced a new president and CEO: Dan Sullivan, a longtime medical device industry executive and entrepreneur. Sullivan sold his most recent venture, SuperDimension, to Covidien last year for more than $300 million. The company's first president and CEO, Judy Wade, who served in the...
May 31, 2012
AliveCor's Dr David Albert and the iPhoneECG case (still pending FDA-clearance)
During the next five years more than 50 million wireless health monitoring devices for consumers will ship, according to a report from IMS Research. In 2016 about 80 percent of these consumer-facing wireless medical devices will be purchased by the consumers themselves, the firm predicts.
The demand for self-...
May 10, 2012
Soon enough people will be able to record a snipped of their own heart sounds, upload it to an analytics engine through a smartphone app, and receive a diagnosis. Sort of like a Shazam app for heart sounds.
That is, at least, according to Steinar Pedersen, Founder of Tromso Telemedicine Consult, who made the prediction -- among many others -- during his closing keynote Monday afternoon at the...
April 17, 2012
As we reported in our Mobile Health: State of the Industry Q1 2012 report, the FDA cleared SHL Telemedicine's Smartheart device, which is meant to be used by consumers to send their own 12 lead ECG data to a physician from the device. Smartheart transmits the ECG data to the user's mobile phone via Bluetooth.
According to the company, "the Smartheart is a personal, hand-held battery powered, 12...
November 30, 2011
According to a new report from UK-based Juniper Research, the number of downloads for health-related apps in 2012 will total 44 million by the end of next year. The research firm also predicts that the number of health app downloads will jump to 142 million by 2016. Considering the Apple AppStore only launched about three years ago (mid-2008), a prediction for app downloads five years from now is...