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...
June 7, 2017
Berkeley, California-based Eko Devices has received FDA clearance for Duo, a smart heart monitor that is a combination of a digital stethoscope and portable electrocardiogram.
Duo is intended as a prescription-only screening tool as part of an at-home monitoring plan, and it works with a companion app for remote monitoring or diagnosis. The idea is to keep continuous tabs on patients at risk for...
January 23, 2017
Personal MedSystems, a German medical device company better known by its brand name CardioSecur, has raised $5.36 million (5 million euros). KPN Ventures led the round, with additional contributions from new investors Sino-German High-Tech Fund and the NRW-Bank, and existing investors Seventure Partners and HTGF.
“The Series B financing and the strategic leverage points of our new investors will...
September 21, 2016
AirStrip, which makes a suite of mobile monitoring apps, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for a web app version of AirStrip ONE, the company’s mobile interoperability platform. The company also recently received a patent for one of its functionalities within AirStrip ONE, an ECG waveform interpretation that acts as visual calipers for clinicians to make measurements on digital waveforms....
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 12, 2015
Belfast, Northern Ireland-based Intelesens has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its wearable vital signs monitor, called zensor, designed for monitoring patients outside the hospital.
“This is a significant milestone for Intelesens and zensor," Intelesens Commercial Manager Stephen Henderson said in a statement. "...Not only does FDA clearance give the company access to the world’s biggest...
September 15, 2015
The ACT device paired with a previous phone.
LifeWatch, a Swiss remote cardiac monitoring company that has been connecting to mobile phones since 2009, has received FDA clearance for a new version of its Ambulatory Cardiac Telemetry (ACT) system that will run on Android devices. Currently, the system runs on Microsoft Windows phones. Patients use the mobile software to answer a couple...
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...