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Using a smartphone app, AliveCor has developed the technology to obtain a limited EKG (ECG) for a minimal cost; after an initial investment of $74.99, this technology can function similar to a standard EKG machine but only provides one lead (V1).
From the AliveCor website (thanks to Larry Saripkin for showing me this):
The FDA-cleared AliveCor Mobile ECG wirelessly communicates with the free AliveECG app, available in the U.S. App Store and Google Play Store. ECGs are stored in the app and on secure, encrypted servers that can be viewed anytime, anywhere. ECGs can also be printed or e-mailed directly from your smartphone or tablet, and you can grant access to your physician.
Do I have to attach the Mobile ECG to my smartphone or tablet? That is our recommendation, however, you may use the Mobile ECG within 12 inches of your smartphone or tablet if you’d like….
Simply rest it on your fingers or chest to record an ECG in just 30 seconds. Know right away when your ECG is normal and if atrial fibrillation is detected.
- Detect atrial fibrillation
- Correlate symptoms like palpitations and shortness of breath
- Accurately assess heart rate
- ?Assess for QT interval -this could be particularly useful to pediatric gastroenterologists
While many of the uses may be self-evident, the website offers ECG review by a U.S. board-certified Cardiologist, with an average turnaround time of 24 hours. The current price of this service is $12.
Bottomline: This is another example of how new technology improves clinical information and at the same time should be less expensive and more timely.
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