iPhonECG turns the iPhone 4 into a cardiac event monitor

Here's an awesome new invention by Seattle-based AliveCor. The iPhonECG turns the iPhone 4 into a wireless, clinical quality cardiac event monitor!

This is an invention that I have been waiting for! The special case and app will retail for under $100.00 U.S.D. and makes its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this January.

Inventor Dr. David Albert discusses the iPhonECG in this YouTube video released yesterday.

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Dr. Dave answers viewer's questions about the ability of the iPhonECG to retrieve and review stored ECGs.

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Dr. Dave answers more questions about the iPhonECG!

Can it record through a cotton t-shirt? Does it work with an iPad? Yes it can and yes it does!

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iPhonECG on Fox News video from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

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KOCO-TV News 5 in Oklahoma City gives the best interview yet!

Local Doc Turns iPhone Into Mobile ECG

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iphone ekg in action from thuc huynh on Vimeo.

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More coverage:

engadget: iPhonECG case monitors your heart rate to make sure you're appropriately excited about CES

TUAW: iPhonECG turns your iPhone 4 into an affordable cardiac event monitor

Dr. Wes: New iPhone skin doubles as single-lead ECG

The Rohan Aurora: Turning your iPhone into a Real-time Biomedical ECG Monitoring System

Medical Smartphones: AliveCor Android ECG coming soon

See also:

Physio-Control announces LIFENET System 5.0, partnership with Airstrip Technologies


  • vtmedic says:

    It’s very cool and all, but seriously – who is going to use this thing ? Is it intended as a personal device ? I can’t see too many clinicians using it. After all, as Bob Page says – ‘In Lead 2 – you got no clue’.

  • Tom B says:

    If your goal is cardiac rhythm analysis, lead II is an excellent monitoring lead (which is why we all learned our basic arrhythmias in lead II). It usually shows upright P-waves, QRS complexes, and T-waves.

    Any lead that shows atrial complexes and ventricular complexes can be used to identify the caridac rhythm, and that has important implications for remote monitoring of patients with cardiac rhythm disorders. Think of how many patients walk around with Holter monitors.

    Identifying ischemia or acute injury? I wouldn’t want to be limited to lead II. No argument there. But that’s not what this device is for. Perhaps a later version will come with wireless electrodes for a diagnostic 12-lead ECG. Wouldn’t that be something?


  • Jay says:

    Yes, I agree! The majority of cardiologists use lead two for home rhythm analysis. It is being billed as an event monitor, and having applied many, MANY of those, the quality is quite poor when being transmitted, this might be a bit better being able to e-mail the results from the device as opposed to phoning in. Most people don’t want to wear a holter monitor as they are pretty uncomfortable, and sometimes they don’t catch what you are looking for. This would be able to provide for further out monitoring, and I think it is a great idea… I just wish I would have thought of it first!

  • sean Eddy says:

    I could see this being a great tool in the pre-hospital setting. Sure, it won't replace the heart monitors that we carry around, but imagine being able to use this get a "quick look" before extricating someone or for a quick analysis while your partner is placing the patient on a 3-lead? Regardless of how you look at it, having an ecg monitor in your pocket will be beneficial. 

  • Phil & Gloria Dyer says:

    It looks wonderful for catching those events like atrial fib that don’t always happen in the Dr. Office. Or SVT or a short burst of V fib a precusor to problems ahead. Sick sinus syndrome and many others could be caught. Since I was a previous cardiac nurse and I now get atrial fib that the Dr. hasn’t seen, I think it is awesome. I would prefer a 12 lead however and am looking for it for my mac air.

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