I’m obviously a big fan of the Alivecor ECG device and the plethora of mHealth opportunities it will open up but it’s clear that not everyone has the imagination to see the possibilities that emerge when you combine medical technology with the low cost smartphones that billions of people already carry in their pockets.
Ultimately like a lot of decisions that are made in Healthcare I think it’s going to come down to individuals making a judgement call.
Here are some people who have publicly expressed opinions about this device and it’s clinical value:
Residents Satish Misra MD and ltifat Husain MD: “there are important outstanding questions regarding appropriate utilization of the AliveCor Heart Monitor to ensure we are in fact benefiting our patients and not harming them or wasting their resources with unnecessary testing“
Dr. Ben Freedman, MBBS, PhD, FACC, Cardiologist, Department of Cardiology, Concord Hospital and Professor of Cardiology at the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia: Study Points to Mobile Device Breakthrough in Community Screening
Professor John Camm, QHP, MD, FRCP, FRCP, FACC, FESC, FMedSci, FHRS, CStJ, British Heart Foundation Professor of Clinical Cardiology: “As a professor of cardiology, John Camm had diagnosed hundreds of patients with the irregular heartbeat condition atrial fibrillation. But it wasn’t until he took his own pulse as part of a research experiment that he realised he had the condition“
What do you think?