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Smart-phone-enabled monitoring of electrocardiography


VTT has developed a device that allows consumers to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) in the comfort of their own homes. The pocket-size device communicates with a smartphone.  The device allows patients suffering from e.g. arrhythmias to begin recording their ECG as soon as symptoms appear. The device can also be used in home nursing.

The device has a global market, and the number of potential users continues to grow with population ageing. Approximately five per cent of the world’s population suffer from arrhythmias or irregular heartbeat. Irregular heartbeat often develops with age: 12 per cent of people over the age of 60 suffer from the condition. The number of people interested in endurance sports is also rising. Conditions associated with overtraining, such as carditis, palpitations and irregular heartbeat, can be prevented with the help of this effective personal heart rate monitoring device.

The device provides medical quality ECG signal, it is easy-to-use and safe, it detects motion, posture and location for automatic diary keeping, it allows long-term monitoring and followup, and cloud-based full data access to the users and medical experts.

Potential customers are elderly people, people with cardiac symptoms, and health, home and elderly care providers. The system is suited for telemedicine.

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