August 14, 2017
The USPTO granted Apple a new patent last week that details ways the iPhone itself could be used as a health sensor to detect "blood pressure index, blood hydration, body fat content, oxygen saturation, pulse rate, perfusion index, electrocardiogram, photoplethysmogram, and/or any other such health data." This data could be gleaned from the front-facing camera, the ambient light sensor, the...
July 19, 2017
Smartphone-connected ECG maker AliveCor is teaming up with the Mayo Clinic once again, this time to develop algorithms to screen for Long QT syndrome, a heart condition that can often cause sudden death, especially in children. The partnership also includes an additional, undisclosed investment in AliveCor from Mayo Clinic.
Long QT syndrome is named for the interval between the Q Wave and the T...
July 11, 2017
A team of researchers from Stanford University, working with cardiac monitoring company iRhythm, have created an AI algorithm that, in a small proof-of-concept trial, outperformed board-certified cardiologists at identifying various types of arrhythmias from ECGs. The results have been published to arXiv, an online archive for scientific papers, but have not yet appeared in a peer-reviewed...
March 21, 2017
MDLive launches new mobile app. Telemedicine vendor MDLive has completely revamped its mobile app. The update includes streamlined onboarding, a new personalized dashboard, and a design that encourages users to use the “find a provider” feature and to update their health records. The app is also customizable for provider partners and MDLive is offering a full SDK to integrate parts of MDLive’s...
March 16, 2017
Smartphone ECG company AliveCor announced $30 million in new funding today, led by the Mayo Clinic and Omron Healthcare. At the same time, the company launched Kardia Pro, its first provider-facing offering, which uses AI to give cardiologists only the relevant information about their patient's ECGs.
"When we’ve talked to doctors in the past who’ve recommended our device .. and we said 'What do...
November 28, 2016
Since July 2016, Apple has been in discussions with the FDA about two FDA-regulated products in the cardiac monitoring space, MobiHealthNews has learned. The revelation comes from a collection of emails MobiHealthNews obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request to the FDA.
On July 14, 2016, Robin Goldstein, at the time Principal Counsel for Apple, sent an email to FDA Associate Center...
October 28, 2016
San Jose-based Vocera Communications, which offers communications services for hospitals and health systems, has acquired fellow clinical communications company Extension Healthcare for $55 million in an all-cash transaction.The acquisition combines the complementary technology of both companies, creating a mobile communication and collaboration platform within a single system from a single...
October 28, 2016
Mountain View, California-based AliveCor, which makes an FDA-cleared mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) device and companion app collectively called Kardia Mobile, has released new features that make it easier to integrate weight, activity, and blood pressure readings via Apple Health or Google Fit.
The added features built on Kardia Mobile’s existing monitoring capabilities for atrial fibrillation,...
September 8, 2016
AliveCor which makes an mobile electrocardiogram device, will integrate data from Omron Healthcare's Bluetooth blood pressure devices into its ECG Kardia Mobile application. The clinically validated, direct-to-consumer app ECG and blood pressure monitor will patients with a more complete view of their heart health, improve proactive monitoring and create a new standard of care for people at risk...
April 11, 2016
AliveCor is continuing to build up the clinical evidence for the efficacy of its smartphone-connected Kardia ECG devices. According to a new posting on ClinicalTrials.gov, AliveCor is gearing up to launch a 300-patient randomized trial at Columbia University to test the effect of technology-enabled remote monitoring on atrial fibrillation.
"Atrial fibrillation (AF), a condition where the top...