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This week, I had the chance to interview David Albert, Founder and Chief Medical Officer at AliveCor. The power of the internet allowed us to connect, but completely failed when it came to recording the interview - lucky I took detailed notes!
Jason: G’day Dave, thanks so much for your time and for doing this interview. Who are you and what do you do?
Dave: I’m David Albert, Founder and Chief Medical Officer at AliveCor. By way of background I am a cardiovascular researcher and have worked with corporates like GE Healthcare. I founded AliveCor three years ago.
So, what is AliveCor? What does it do? How does it work?
AliveCor is a heart monitor that attaches to your smartphone and allows you to record your own electrocardiogram/ ECG (a test that records the electrical activity of the heart). An ECG shows how fast your heart is beating, whether the rhythm of your heartbeat is steady or irregular and the strength and timing of electrical signals as they pass through each part of your heart.
Using the AliveCor monitor together with the app on your smartphone enables you to share your ECG with your doctor, health professional or caregiver. For a small fee you are able to have your AliveCor ECG reviewed by US board-certified cardiologists or cardiac technicians*. This service is also available in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
* You can read more about this service on the AliveCor website.
I was lucky enough to have a quick ‘hands on’ with the AliveCor at the recent HealthXL Global Gathering in Dublin. It struck me as to how portable and accessible the device was. And how easy it was to use and set up.
It seems to me that one of cases for the AliveCor would be in developing nations, even in developed nations, where access to care is difficult. Can you share some thoughts on that?
Absolutely!. Improving access to care is a key part of what we are looking to achieve with AliveCor.
When it comes to access for mobile health in the developed versus developing world, it seems that Android is the way to go. Can you share some thoughts on iOS vs Android in terms of mobile health?
Firstly, we are platform agnostic, so AliveCor wants to be on as many devices as possible. iOS and Android are making plays in wearable devices (and) we are focused on supporting both platforms.
I’m conscious of time, so finally how can we find out more about AliveCor?
Our website is at http://www.alivecor.com/home
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