[Medica] AliveCor Shows Off 'iPhone ECG Monitor'

Nov 19, 2011
Takuya Otani, Nikkei Electronics & Digital Health Online
The waveform of measured ECG being displayed on the iPhone
The waveform of measured ECG being displayed on the iPhone
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The case has two electrodes.
The case has two electrodes.
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AliveCor Inc exhibited the "iPhone ECG Monitor," a system that uses the iPhone as an electrocardiographic (ECG) monitor and a recording device, at Medica 2011, a healthcare-related trade show that runs from Nov 16 to 19, 2011, in Dusseldorf, Germany.

AliveCor developed a case (jacket) equipped with two electrodes for the iPhone 4. When the case is attached to the iPhone and an application is launched, it can be used as an ECG monitor and a recording device. An electrocardiogram (ECG) can be obtained by gripping the two electrodes with both hands or applying the electrodes to the chest.

The measured data can be checked on the iPhone's screen in real time and recorded in the phone. Furthermore, it is easy to transmit the data to medical institutions via the Internet as well as output the data on Twitter, Facebook and other SNSes.

AliveCor also developed a case with electrodes designed for Android-based smartphones. But neither of the cases have not yet been approved as a medical device by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and, thus, have not been commercialized yet, the company said.