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Smartphone Heart Monitor Beats Doctors at Diagnosing Atrial Fibrillation

From IEEE Spectrum:

A new study that tested the Kardia Mobile heart monitor, made by AliveCor, found that the device detected more cases of the dangerous heart condition atrial fibrillation than general practitioners offering routine care…

…To use the Kardia device, the user presses two fingers of each hand against an electrode pad. The device records an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) by detecting the subtle electrical changes in the skin that reflect the heart muscles’ electrical pattern. The display shows users their heart rate, and the device can also upload the results to the cloud for a doctor’s review.

Source: Smartphone Heart Monitor Beats Doctors at Diagnosing Atrial Fibrillation – IEEE Spectrum

Another amazing example of a high tech diagnostic. I believe this is the type of medical / dental technology that will totality disrupt the future of healthcare and save the industry.

All the divisive political issues facing health care would be much less important if health care was simply not sooo expensive. The Kardia is a perfect example of how digital technology can provide  better result and drive the cost of health care way down.

Kardia is less that$100. Compare that to the cost of a conventional EKG machine, plus the cost of the clinic to house it and the cost of the technician to run it.

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