heart health

By Dave Muoio 02:08 pm September 3, 2020
New data published in JAMA Cardiology suggests that the Apple Watch's ECG tool could not only be used to record multi-lead ECG, but also to spot ST-segment changes among patients with acute coronary syndromes. The independent study was conducted by researchers from Italy's Magna Graecia University, and enrolled 100 participants who had myocardial infarction or were healthy. And although taking...
By Laura Lovett 01:40 pm August 4, 2020
Cardio-focused digital health company Eko has inked a deal with AstraZeneca in order for the two to work together to develop digital health-screening tools.  According to the companies, the pharm giant will be looking to employ Eko’s AI-enabled algorithms in developing early detection tools, as well as to use the tech in clinical trials.  WHY IT MATTERS  Heart disease accounts for roughly one in...
By Laura Lovett 01:08 pm July 6, 2020
Abbott’s Bluetooth connected cardioverter defibrillator and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator, part of the Gallant product line, scored FDA clearance this morning. Patients using the technology can connect it to a smartphone app, called MyMerlinPulse, which will let both patients and providers see transmission history and device performance. The app is also designed to nudge...
By Dave Muoio 12:45 pm May 6, 2020
Fitbit announced this morning the launch of a new atrial fibrillation research study aiming to enroll hundreds of thousands of fitness-tracker and smartwatch owners. Called the Fitbit Heart Study, it will passively and continuously monitor wearers' heart rates using the devices' photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors. A proprietary algorithm will interpret these readings and flag potential...
By Laura Lovett 12:10 pm March 12, 2020
This morning, digital cardiology platform Heartbeat Health scored $8.2 million in Series A funding. Boston-based venture firm .406 Ventures and Optum Ventures led the round with participation from Kindred Ventures, Lerer Hippeau, Designer Fund and Max Ventures.  WHAT THEY DO  The company is focused on using digital tools to aggregate heart data and provide care management to patients.  “I started...
By Laura Lovett 01:44 pm August 5, 2019
Fossil’s latest smartwatch is set to integrate Cardiogram, an app that uses deep neural network technology to detect various heart conditions, preinstalled. The Cardiogram platform has been tested to detect sleep apnea, diabetes, hypertension and atrial fibrillation.  Typically, Cardiogram Care is included only in Cardiogram’s premium version, which costs $15 a month. However, the Cardiogram Care...
Among more than 400,000 participants who enrolled in the study, only 0.5 percent ever received an atrial fibrillation alert from the app.
By Dave Muoio 12:29 pm March 18, 2019
This weekend, Stanford Medicine researchers presented the long-awaited results of the Apple Heart Study, which explored the performance of the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor and an accompanying algorithm in detecting potential arrhythmias. Funded by Apple and launched back in 2017, the research project enrolled 419,297 Apple Watch and iPhone owners. Among these users, 2,161 (roughly 0.5 percent...
By Heather Mack 03:16 pm January 12, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio based PatientPoint, which makes engagement platforms and apps for providers and patients, is collaborating with the American Heart Association to provide educational resources on heart health and stroke prevention to doctors and physicians at the point of care. PatientPoint will act as an extension of the American Heart Association’s informational efforts, leveraging its network...
By Jonah Comstock 06:09 am March 17, 2014
Left to Right: Darrell West, Gigi Sorenson, Xiaohui Yu, a translator, and Haihua Li The Chinese mobile health market is estimated at 1.8 billion renminbi (RMB) or $291 million and research firm iiMedia predicts it will hit 12.5 billion RMB, or $2 billion in 2017, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution on mobile health in the United States and China. The report goes on to say...