Could your iPhone double as an ECG?

24th June

Convenience in mobile technology may have taken a medical turn, after a company in the US claimed to have produced a device to transform the iPhone into an ECG.

Seattle-based company AliveCor said the slim, business card-sized device could attach to the back of the iPhone or the iPad using Velcro to create the medical equipment and give quick and easy heart rate readings.

Apparently, all that people with heart problems have to do is place the iPhoneECG on their chest. The device will have been integrated by a companion app, and then a reading will be given and recorded. Not only that, it will be uploaded to a server, converted into a PDF and sent to a medical professional.

The company claims the reading will be accurate and clean, and an appropriate analysis will come back within five seconds.

The device is not yet commercially available.

It is made to work with the iPhone4.

The iPhone 5 is expected to be released in September.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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