Thursday September 03, 2015

Doctors May Soon Check Your Heart With A Smartphone

Something about a doctor whipping out his iPhone to check my heart just doesn't sit well with me. Call me old fashioned, but I prefer a dedicated device over a smart phone add-on with an app.

A device called the Eko Core, which attaches to a regular stethoscope, has just been approved for medical use by the US FDA. It amplifies and records the sound signals transmitted by the ubiquitous medical devices, then sends the sound waves wirelessly to an iPhone app. From there, doctors can record the waveform and either listen to it later or compare it to a future visit to test the effects of a treatment. It will also be handy as a teaching too for medical students.

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