AliveCor’s Mobile Heart Monitor Evaluate Heart Health Easily, Quickly, Remotely

Availability of mobile ECG will impact screening and treatment of heart conditions


December 11, 2012
AliveCor Heart Monitor iPhone

AliveCor Inc.'s mobile Heart Monitor is a clinical-quality, low-cost mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) heart monitor, compatible with the iPhone 4 and 4S, that enables doctors to evaluate patient heart health easily, quickly and remotely.

Clinical studies of the device indicate that a high-quality single-channel ECG can be rapidly and simply recorded using an iPhone with the AliveCor application and device, to accurately screen for cardiac arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation. AliveCor’s Heart Monitor is initially intended for use by licensed medical professionals to record, display, store, transfer and evaluate single-channel ECG rhythms.

The rhythm strips can be of any duration, and are stored on the iPhone and securely in the cloud for later analysis, sharing and printing through AliveCor’s secure website. The ECG data is sent wirelessly from the Heart Monitor via AliveCor’s low-power, proprietary communication protocol, and requires no pairing between the iPhone and the device.

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.

AliveCor’s Heart Monitor is available for pre-sale to medical professionals in the United States through the company's website at a cost of $199. AliveCor plans to begin selling the Heart Monitor in Europe in early 2013.

The monitor received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark in December 2012.

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