AliveCor App Detects Heart Arrhythmias, Has FDA Approval

AliveCor has introduced an app - AliveECG - that is able to detect atrial fibrillation, a serious heart arrhythmia. I've talked with developers in the health care arena before, and if they've done their due diligence with the FDA (and they have) this app is a serious development.

The AliveECG app runs on a smartphone. The patient places their hand over an AliveCor nodule device that fits over the back of the phone. The app then measures the electric signals being transmitted by the heart and radiating through the fingers, detected by the nodule.

There are lots of types of arrhythmia, but when the algorithm sees patterns in the electrocardiogram (ECG) that are consistent with atrial fibrillation, it can alert the user. The user can then confirm the result by sending their ECG from their smartphone to a medical group in Los Angeles where a board-certified cardiologist can verify the result within 24 hours. This costs the user $12, all of which goes to the medical group.

There is also an option for a technician to read the ECG and return a result within half an hour, AliveCor CEO Euan Thomson told VentureBeat. The user can also send the ECG to his or her own physician.

Science fiction fans have been checking their smartphones for signs that Larry Niven's autodoc might be on its way. This idea, which appeared in his 1970 novel Ringworld, describes automated medical diagnosis and care.

Via Venturebeat.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 8/16/2014)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 0 )

Related News Stories - (" Medical ")

MIT Ampli Blocks Build Biomedical Devices
Damn it Spock, I'm a doctor not an engineer!

Handheld Human Skin Printer
It outputs a thin wad of uniflesh.

Retinal Prosthesis Uses Organic Printing Inks
We can rebuild you - well, your eyes, maybe.

New Brain Scanner Lets You Move Around
'In Bob Arctor's living room his thousand dollar custom-quality cephscope crafted by Altec...' - Philip K. Dick, 1977.

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

 

Current News

China Uses Artificial Intelligence To Grade Student Papers
Looks like the City Fathers are starting to take over China's education system.

Electronic Tongues Will Rule The Kitchen
'Install taste buds in the end of one tentacle...'

Self-Healing Circuits From Carnegie Mellon
'It even had an inter-skin layer of gum that could seal the punctures...'

Swarm Of Mindless Robots Works Together
'Very tiny pseudo insects that... can unite to form a superordinate system.'

SpotMini Robot Dog, Autonomous And On Sale In 2019
Great, an autonomous slamhound. It is cute, though.

RoboFly Is Laser-Powered, Adorable
Don't swat this fly!

MSG Sphere Las Vegas, ala Star Wars
'The smoky globe, hung in the vault, was shot with colored light...'

Tetraplegics Dominate Avatar Races
Well, just speaking brain-to-computer...

MIT Ampli Blocks Build Biomedical Devices
Damn it Spock, I'm a doctor not an engineer!

UberAIR Asks For Skytaxi Landing Prototypes
You know you want to ride in one.

Boring Tunnel Almost Ready
Your underground future is calling!

Handheld Human Skin Printer
It outputs a thin wad of uniflesh.

Healthy Fast Food Courtesy Of Robot Chefs
'The electric cook was stirring empty nothing in a pan, with a zeal worthy a dozen eggs.'

Mass Production Of In Vitro Meat From One Sample
They're Assimilating Our Culture, That's What They're Doing

Amazing 'Hybrid' Solar-Powered Sea Slug Does Photosynthesis
Thank goodness for Star Trek.

Retinal Prosthesis Uses Organic Printing Inks
We can rebuild you - well, your eyes, maybe.

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.