February 23, 2015
AliveCor recalled Version 2.1.2 of its AliveECG iOS app under an FDA Class III recall according to an FDA posting that went up this month. But in actuality, the "recall," which happened in mid-January, was little more than a run-of-the-mill buggy app update, which the company patched within two days.
"If you read the definitions of recall, if you, as a manufacturer of medical devices, place a...
February 10, 2015
The University of Southern California (USC) has launched a new app that takes some cues from Instagram, called Biogram, that allows users to take pictures, but that adds a stamp to the picture noting the user's heart rate.
The pictures can be pushed to Facebook and other social media services. Biogram integrates heart rate data from AliveCor's smartphone ECG. If the user does not have an AliveCor...
January 29, 2015
AliveCor's AF detection algorithm
San Francisco-based AliveCor has received FDA clearance for two new algorithms for its smartphone-connected ECG: one that detects normality and one that detects interference. These follow up on AliveCor's atrial fibrillation detection algorithm that received clearance last fall.
The Normal Detector assures patients that their ECG is free of abnormalities. If...
January 7, 2015
Smartphone ECG company AliveCor announced the publication of a long-awaited independent trial of the technology conducted by the Cleveland Clinic. As was reported at Heart Rhythm Society in May 2014, the trial showed that AliveCor's heart monitor detected atrial fibrillation that was present 100 percent of the time, and only returned false positives 3 percent of the time.
Researchers at the...
December 18, 2014
AliveCor launched its new third generation smartphone-connected EKG device, a model that is both slimmed down and considerably cheaper than its predecessors. The device will sell for $74.99, compared to the previous model's $199 price tag, and is 50 percent thinner and 40 percent lighter.
"The new AliveCor third generation device is a lower-profile consumer design," Cindy Donohoe, vice president...
December 10, 2014
Japan-based medical device company Omron Healthcare has partnered with AliveCor to help bring AliveCor's FDA-cleared smartphone-connected electrocardiogram (ECG) to more online and brick and mortar retailers.
AliveCor CEO Euan Thomson told MobiHealthNews in an interview that Omron already sells its own products at various retailers, and through this partnership, Omron will bring AliveCor's...
October 30, 2014
Smartphone-enabled ECG medical device maker AliveCor and Greatcall, which makes a line of mobile phones and health services marketed to seniors, have partnered to bring the AliveCor device to GreatCall phones.
“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, claiming about 1 million lives each year,” David Inns, CEO of GreatCall, said in a statement. “With access to an easy-to-use,...
September 29, 2014
Smartphone-enabled heart monitor device maker AliveCor has launched a new app for patients, which is both timed with the new iOS 8 launch and incorporates the atrial fibrillation algorithm the company received FDA clearance for in August.
In addition to the AF algorithm, the new app allows patients to track medications and symptoms and has enhanced search features and graphic capabilities,...
September 9, 2014
Remote cardiac monitoring company eCardio has agreed to merge with wearable, remote monitoring device maker Preventice. The new company, which is called Preventice, said the merger will allow it to "drive innovation and growth in remote monitoring systems and mobile health applications".
Preventice's co-founder Jon Otterstatter will be the president and global strategy officer of the new company...
August 21, 2014
AliveCor has received an additional FDA 510(k) clearance, this time for an algorithm that allows its smartphone ECG to detect atrial fibrillation -- an abnormal heart rhythm that isn't always detectable to the patient, but if left untreated can lead to stroke or congestive heart failure -- with high accuracy. The app is set to launch for consumers in September.
"Our pretty strong belief is that...