March 22, 2016
Alivecor has hired two more Googlers following the appointment of its new CEO, who is also a Google alum. Frank Petterson and Simon Prakash join the company as VP of products & design and VP of engineering, respectively. Petterson led Google's engineering team for YouTube Live and Gaming. He also led engineering for Hangouts and the Google+ iOS app. Prakash was the Senior Director of Product...
March 15, 2016
This morning, San Francisco-based AliveCor rebranded its AliveCor Mobile ECG device as Kardia Mobile and unveiled a second, upcoming hardware product, an Apple Watch strap that can take electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) readings, called KardiaBand. The strap is not yet commercially available because it still needs to secure FDA-clearance.
AliveCor also announced new features for the Kardia Mobile...
February 9, 2016
Withings has added a new paid software feature to its Health Mate app, an algorithm called Hy-Result that will help patients analyze the blood pressure data they collect from Withings devices.
“With cardiovascular disease being the leading global cause of death, accounting for 17.3 million deaths per year, everyday monitoring blood pressure becomes an increasingly important part of anyone’s...
November 17, 2015
Proteus Digital Health, which offers an ingestible sensor and digital medicine system, has hired Molly O’Neill as its chief commercial officer. O'Neill previously served as SVP of business development at Tenet Health, a healthcare services company. Before working at Tenet, O'Neill worked at Ascension Health Care Network, Inova Health System, and Duke University Health System. At Proteus, O'Neill...
November 11, 2015
San Francisco-based AliveCor, which offers smartphone-enabled ECG devices, has announced former Google SVP Vic Gundotra as its new CEO.
Gundotra, who left Google in 2014 after eight years -- including a few heading up Google+, replaces Euan Thomson, an AliveCor board member and Khosla Ventures investor, who assumed the role of interim CEO in 2013. Gundotra becomes AliveCor's fourth CEO in almost...
October 29, 2015
The next generation of digital health offerings will use machine learning to treat patients more effectively, but it's still a decade away, according to Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, who spoke at Partners HealthCare's Connected Health Symposium in Boston this week.
Khosla said no one can deny medicine has improved over the past 50 years, but it could be much better. One area ripe for...
September 10, 2015
It's been almost a year since AliveCor began offering its first FDA-cleared algorithm, its atrial fibrillation detection algorithm, to customers. Now the company has released some data on how customers are using the algorithm to detect atrial fibrillation.
According to AliveCor, 30 percent of AliveCor users have received a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation through the algorithm. More than half of...
July 16, 2015
Utah health system Intermountain Healthcare -- and other, as yet unknown providers -- appear to be investigating AliveCor's smartphone ECG device in a clinical context, to determine whether the iPhone version of the device is comparable with traditional 12-lead ECGs. The trial aims to test the device with 50 patients who have possible ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), a common type of...
June 22, 2015
A recent column in the Harvard Business Review says that two kinds of business strategies will dominate in the gold rush-like healthcare economy of the future: Goldminers and Bartenders.
"The Goldminer strategy will typically involve vertically integrated players (large institutions like insurers, hospitals, and physicians’ groups) creating medical value by better managing the health of the...
March 12, 2015
Berkeley, California-based smartphone-enabled stethoscope company Eko Devices has raised $2 million in a round led by existing investor Founder.org with participation from Stanford StartX, and angels, including former HHS advisor John Noonan and the cofounders of music identification company Shazam. This brings the company's total funding to date to $2.8 million.
Eko's device, called Core, hooks...