Tuesday, December 4, 2012

AliveCor's heart monitor approved by FDA

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This week, AliveCor received a grant from FDA for their iPhone-enabled heart monitor. The monitor will initially be available from the companies website, and AliveCor hopes that withing one year physicians will begin writing prescriptions for the device.

AliveCor CEO Judy Wade, explained that the device can be used to monitor patients symptoms that appear when they're not at the doctor's office. It can record the irregular heart activity,  and save it  for the patient's next appointment. Patients diagnosed with heart disease, such as Atrial Fibrillation, can use the device to record and monitor the progress of their medication while at home. The heart monitor can also be used for preventive measures, such as catching arrhythmia's that could potentially be life threatening.

So how does it work? The device incorporates electrodes into a case that snaps onto the back of an iPhone 4 or 4S. The Heart Monitor is used by launching the corresponding AliveECG app on the iPhone, holding the device in a relaxed state, and pressing fingers from each hand to each of the two appropriate electrodes on the device. The device can also be used to obtain an ECG by placing it on the chest. 

Although they will require FDA approval, the company also plans to launch a droid version of the monitor, as well as a 'Pad' version down the road.

With the Pharma slowly transitioning to the digital world, what types of programs and applications do you think we can expect for 2013?

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