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AliveCor case turns iPhone 4 into high-quality ECG

updated 08:30 pm EST, Mon January 3, 2011

Hospital-quality gadget now awaits FDA approval

Seattle-based AliveCor is unveiling a wireless casing for the iPhone 4 called the iPhone ECG that, combined with an accompanying app, turns the device into a hospital-quality electro-cardiogram measuring instrument (ECG) at the Consumer Electronics Show later this week. The unit, which is expected to sell for around $100, can be used to monitor heart conditions and pacemakers, alert users of atrial fibrillation and print or email the results as a PDF file.

The low-power, wireless case transmits the heart rate information -- collected either buy holding the device in one's hands or by pressing it against the chest (for a more stable readout) -- to the monitoring app. A second application can be used to also collect heart rate info and show overall trends, playing a "relaxation session" over headphones and acting as a bio-feedback device.

The inventor, Dr. David Albert, says the device is at least as accurate as a bedside EKG device found in medical facilities, but has the advantage of being able to be used anywhere at very low cost. The case is now being tested for FDA approval. Interested medical professionals and patients can sign up for product updates at the company's web site.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_John

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    This is an Incredible breakthrough in medical monitoring. I for one would be very interested in hearing more about it. However if I had been the designer I would have designed this a little different. When looking at this device you have the 2 probe plates on the back of the wireless case, These probe plates connect and transmit though the wireless technology in the Iphone 4. I would like to see a second option that offers full-time monitoring utilizing the iphones multitasking capabilities. The technology is already in place all the designer would have to do is add a input jack for each of the monitoring cathodes. This would allow realtime monitoring though either your hospital or though other medical facilities though the data connection on the phone. Just a few items to think about.

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