The first medical grade EKG band for the iWatch is expected to hit the market in the “late spring” of 2016 with AliveCor’s announcement of its Kardia Band and an app to integrate readings from its other heart monitoring devices. The band, when paired with an app, provides medical grade EKG readings in a similar manner to its other devices for the iPhones in that to activate, users navigate to the app, then place their thumb on the sensor for 30 seconds.
What’s interesting is the company’s integration of voice data, enabling users to orally document and share feelings in conjunction with the EKG, and share with physicians, along with its anomaly detection and immediate alerts features. When the app is initiated, users can speak into the Apple Watch’s microphone to detail any palpitations, shortness of breath, or dietary habits that could be linked to heart-rate fluctuations.
“Users can record a single-lead EKG by simply touching Kardia Band’s integrated sensor that communicates with the Watch app, Kardia by AliveCor™. The Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Detector then uses Kardia’s automated analysis process (algorithm) to instantly detect the presence of AF in an EKG, the most common cardiac arrhythmia and a leading cause of stroke.
Also included is the Normal Detector, which indicates whether your heart rate and rhythm are normal, and the Unreadable Detector, which tells you when to retake an EKG so physicians receive only the highest quality recordings.”
With anomaly detection and alerts, and connectivity to healthcare professionals, Kardia is hoping that its The Kardia is currently undergoing FDA approval.