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Brief Published: 24 Mar 2017

AI-Driven Network to Help Prevent Heart Disease

The Kardia

California-based med-tech start-up AliveCor has launched an artificially intelligent network for doctors that could detect heart disease and stroke earlier.

A few years ago, AliveCor released The Kardia – a portable, matchbox-sized EKG monitor priced at $100. By placing a few fingers on the device for 30 seconds, users can get a medical-grade EKG reading on their phone. Now the company is using the data it collects from the EKGs, pairing it with neural networks and algorithms to identify signs of heart disease.

“Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the US, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. To manage heart disease and stroke risk, leading cardiologists want to see more than just ECGs from their patients,” chief executive Vic Gundotra said in prepared remarks.

“Kardia Pro tracks important measures of physiology like weight, activity and blood pressure, and, for the first time, AI technology is used to create a personal heart profile for each user, enabling user identification. The new platform enables doctors to be better doctors and patients to be more active participants in their own heart health, driving healthcare forward into the 21st century.”

Consumers are increasingly expecting devices to learn from their behaviour and anticipate their needs, as explored in Predictive Tech. For more on the innovative healthcare products equipping people with at-home tools for diagnosis and care, see CES 2017: DIY Doctor.