Instagram for Heart Attacks: iPhone App Speeds ECG Transmission To Hospital Reply

In the crucial early stages of a possible heart attack, EMTs on the scene now rely on slow and unreliable proprietary technology to transmit vital ECG data to physicians at a hospital for evaluation. But a new iPhone app using standard cell phone networks may help speed the process and, ultimately,  cut delays in treatment for heart attack patients.

In a presentation earlier today at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2013 meeting in Baltimore, faculty and students at the University of Virginia designed an iPhone app to overcome some of the limitations of the current system. The iPhone app takes a photo of the ECG, reduces its size, and transmits the image over a standard cell phone network to a secure server. The image can then be viewed at the receiving hospital by physicians qualified to read an ECG.

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Opening Screen of the iPhone App
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What’s Next for the iPhone ECG Following Regulatory Clearance? 2

from Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry:

What’s Next for the iPhone ECG Following Regulatory Clearance?

 The user base and functionality of mobile ECG technology is set to expand.

“After recently winning FDA clearance and CE Mark certification, the iPhone ECG from AliveCor (San Francisco, CA), is poised to kickstart a disruption of the traditional ECG market.”

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“In November 2011, Topol used the device to diagnose a myocardial infarction while on a plane en route from Virginia to San Diego. The plane made an emergency landing and the patient survived the ordeal.”

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