An Italian innovative start-up has developed the first smartphone electrocardiogram (ECG) device which allows to perform a hospital-level ECG in total autonomy and to send the results to the 24/7 telecardiology service for a telereport in a very short time (maximum 15 minutes).
What limited the diffusion of homecare ECG devices up to now is that to obtain reliable information for doctors, cumbersome and unfriendly devices had to be used. Particularly, challenging cable uncoiling and the placement of electrodes in specific points were the main challenges.
Thanks to its innovative yet easy proprietary technology, the developed solution solves both these problems: the user can wind up all the cables at once or one at a time, and in any order, with intuitive positioning given by the cable exit direction from the device. The app also shows the patient’s own chest with
electrodes placed to aid further simplicity and reliability. The result is to get at any time at home a device as reliable as the one available in a medical room.
The system connects via bluetooth to the smartphone/tablet and the related app guides the user step by step in recording the exam. A patented algorithm recognizes the chest of the patient and shows the picture of his/her chest with colored marks. Following the picture, the patient can place correctly the colored cables. It is the only ECG solution certified for homecare use able to diagnose myocardial ischemia directly from home thanks to the fact that the solution is not a 1/2/4/6 leads ECG solution (like others currently on the market) but a hospital-grade ECG solution with 8/12 leads (8 leads for patients, 12 leads for health professionals).
Thanks to its extreme portability the technology can be carried out by health professionals to patient’s homes for homecare visits.
Interested in introducing the technology in new markets the developer is looking for foreign partners having a good knowledge of local market rules and regulations interested in signing a commercial agreement with technical assistance (the Italian company will offer technical support in the technology transfer) or to create a joint venture.