Satish Misra MD is a Cardiology Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Recently, AliveCor made a major addition to its Heart Monitor and announced the launch of AliveInsights.
This service provides interpretations of the single-lead tracings captured by their elegantly designed smartphone case that contains a single-lead ECG device.
Earlier this year, we did an in-depth review of the AliveCor Heart Monitor from a clinical perspective.
Overall, while we were very impressed with the simplicity and usability of the device itself, we found ourselves searching for broad clinical scenarios in which it would have a large positive impact.
We also raised concerns about inappropriate uses of the device leading to over-testing or giving false reassurance.
Through AliveInsights, a patient can obtain a preliminary review of their tracing from a cardiac technician within thirty minutes for $5. For $12, they can get a review from a cardiologist within 24 hours. The question, then, is whether they should.