The Kardia Band Builds EKG Tech Into Apple Watch

Today medtech startup, AliveCor, unveiled
the Kardia Band, a medical-grade EKG device for Apple Watch. The product is intended to
help wearers detect cardiac arrhythmia conditions, that can cause stroke, as well as indicate
whether your heart rate and rhythm are normal. We invited Chief Commercial Officer, Doug
Biehn, to TechCrunch to learn more… The technology is real exciting because it’s
taking this EKG technology in to the size of a nickel on the band of your watch. And
you put your finger on your watch and through ultrasound technology it communicates with
your watch and gives you a medical grade EKG. Kardia is really different from other heart
or heart rate monitors on the marker in the sense that is uses algorithms to evaluate
your EKG and give you instant analysis on weather your heart rate is normal or arrhythmic.
Nobody else does that on the market and nobody else has the medical grade technology in such a small device. [DEMO] The Kardia band works with an accompanying
Apple Watch application, which automatically processes the data from the sensors in the
device. As well as allows its wearers to record voice memos which are sent along with the
EKG to their doctor. The app integrates with Apple’s Health platform to allow for analysis
of EKG data along with exercise, caloric intake, and more. So typically doctors that are early adopters
to technology use our product. Cardiologists, EPs, and primary care physicians and they
recommend our products to people who have symptoms like heart palpitations or shortness
of breath. And it’s easy to use it in the doctors office because it takes just 30 seconds.
Then the users or the patients just go online and buy it and start using our product. And when the doctor sees it, they have all
the information they need to do a proper diagnosis and communicate directly with their patients. While the new product is largely aimed at
those with cardiac arrhythmias, it could also be used by anyone interested in learning more
about their health. The company says that it’s expecting to receive FDA approval for
the Kardia Band later this spring, at which point the product will become available for
sale. Pricing and availability has yet to be announced. The vision of the company is to solve probably
the biggest problem. Heart death is the number on killer in the world and we’re focused on
giving people the ability to be more proactive about their heart health. And so our Kardia
launch is a huge step to fulfill that vision. But as you see us in the future, you’re gonna
see things like using machine learning to detect different types of symptoms that could
lead to a heart event. If you get that information in the hands of people and use technology
to drive behavior change, we are going to save millions of lives.

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16 thoughts on “The Kardia Band Builds EKG Tech Into Apple Watch

  1. I love people that go out to find technological solutions to real problems and make it accessible to everyone out there. I hope this takes off

  2. I really like this device got them on for the iPhone 7 Plus I have quite a rare heart condition on this device is probably in one of the best things I've brought I can even send them to my cardiologist. I'm having a bad attack get a treat and all the way to the emergency department. To get me EKG on the Apple Watch though It's been amazing this device. From heart patient's point of view I commended for most heart patients

  3. Can you take HRV with this?!?! I've been looking for a way to get an HRV Analog or ASP signal versus the DSP digital signal.

  4. What are the diff impt health things people monitor via their smart watch? Such as blood pressure, heart rate & any thing else? Also does this smart watch monitor for all these things? Finally it mentioned the user pressing a button to record the heart rate incident. Does that mean if I'm sleeping & heart rate fluctuates this device may not be recording this info already 24/7? Any1 who can ans any part of my ?s may help. I have noticed changes speeding up of my pulse or blood pressure at times when laying down which may not be heart rate related (I've heard there may be tight veins in areas etc) & so I'm researching the diff markers in a smartwatch to check for which may help track these differences. Sometimes increase in heart rate other times seems like fluctuations / increased speed in a vein in a specific area all when I'm laying down or not engaged in phyiscal activity. Thank u!

  5. Wanted to love this item and it worked pretty well and has some cool intuitive software built into it. At times it would not hold a good reading but it seemed accurate. The pain points of this band were the fact that it keeps your Apple watch in active mode all day draining the battery of your watch, plus removes the full functionality of the face of the watch since it stays only in active mode all day. The worst part of the purchase is that Kardia shuts off access to use the product after 30 days and forces you into purchasing a subscription for $99 to its premium service which boils down to the same software you used to access and run an EKG. I returned the item and will hold out for Apples own development of an EKG into their future watches in the coming year.

  6. I'd like to see a continuous ECG monitor, not just a stop and place your finger on a probe kind of thing. Any thoughts into going in this direction in the future?

  7. I have one and it works great. I am a heart patient that wanted to get an EKG during SVT or AFIB and this will allow me to do so. So far it has recorded two SVT's that were sent to my cardiologist in 10 minutes.

  8. I feel like this could actually be very dangerous. It's not an EKG and could give false readings. Any good medic/nurse/doc knows not to read what the machine says but to read the actual 12 lead. I can't believe this is approved by the FDA

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