iPhone ECG application, another advance in technology

Here’s something that may interest those of you that work in some sort of medical field. I toyed with some Bio Feedback stuff last semester in my psychology course, but the primary function of this little device is wireless EKG transmitting. I’m trying to see if this tool could be worked as a modality and registered into my company’s system, so that we can see the EKG data within our software (I work at a medical imaging company, for those of you who are not already familiar).

View the video below! This is an amazing idea and is only the first step in a much more portable application.

I have received over a hundred emails from EMT’s and paramedics who tell me that they come across victims trapped in MVA’s (car wrecks) and they cannot get their LifePacks hooked up until they release the victims. they have told me that the iPhone ECG would be valuable in those types of situations. I had not thought of that but as many as have responded, that must be a valid application of the tech.

There you have it!

Author: Jason Zajdel

Learning as I go along. It's an awesome ride. =-)

8 thoughts on “iPhone ECG application, another advance in technology”

  1. While i can see both points of view in the end i believe it is up to the FDA to approve and let this app be registered as a medical device. If a hand held device was strictly used for medical care I can see it being approved, but a phone app? Not sure if that would go over well.

    Would holding a phone up be any faster then attaching a wireless device? Would it work through clothes? or on obese people? what if you are in a small area and you drop the phone then you have no reading device vs having a disposable item you can attach to the person. There are a variety of questions that pop into my head about using a hand held device.

    I guess we shall see what the future in medical technology holds for us all.

  2. Rissy – Jaden is a nurse (or something, heh heh) so I enjoy his experience with such devices.

    Unfortunately in my employment, I deal more with software, and not actual devices. I’d love to see the other side of the fence however, and work more hands-on with EKG carts and other modalities instead of just the medical software we employ.

  3. I see Larissa’s point but I think the fact of it being so accsesable for the first responder to gage how fast they need to extract a victim would be invaluable.

    Less time in the street means the difference between on or under the sheet.. if you get my drift.

  4. I think technology will continue to get smaller. I saw another site that the attachment is about the size of a deck of cards with no wires and disposable. I think ultimately apple might deny the app due to liability concerns. I can see someone suing apple for a person dieing due to the incorrect reading or whatever reason they can come up with. i’d rather have something specifically designed to read my heart rate if i ever need it, but that’s just me.

  5. Jaden, I’m down!

    Rissy, I’m aware of that, but this is a very compact way of doing it, and is much easier to place the device than to attempt to place straps or other devices on to do the reading.