AliveCor introduces Kardia Band electrocardiogram for Apple Watch



AliveCor has introduced the first medical-grade Electrocardiogram (EKG) band for the Apple Watch, the Kardia Band, along with a new app for smartphones.

These systems are designed to allow people to discretely capture their EKG anytime, anywhere.

Users can record a single-lead EKG by touching Kardia Band’s integrated sensor that communicates with the Watch app. The Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Detector then uses Kardia’s automated analysis process (algorithm) to instantly detect the presence of AF in an EKG. Also included is the Normal Detector, which is designed to indicate whether heart rate and rhythm are normal, and the Unreadable Detector, which should remind patients when to retake an EKG so that physicians receive the highest quality recordings.

Users can also record voice memos on their Apple Watch to accompany each EKG. Kardia also integrates with Apple’s Health app to include EKG data with steps and calorie intake to provide richer, personal analysis over time.

The Kardia Band is pending 510k clearance and is not currently for sale in the USA.

AliveCor has also re-introduced its first device, the AliveCor Mobile ECG, as the Kardia Mobile. Currently, Kardia Mobile works with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and most Android OS. The new Kardia app is available now for download for iOS and Android users.