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Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier – Dec 3, 2012

December 4, 2012

I sent the following announcement to 13,732 Digital Health group members on Dec 3, 2012:

Dear Digital Health group members,

You may recall that you first heard about the AliveCor iPhone ECG via the Digital Health group (then Wireless Health) when Dr. Dave Albert’s YouTube video went viral almost two years ago (Jan 2011), and received over 80,000 views in three days. Here’s that discussion with an updated YouTube video link.

AliveCor announced today that the iPhone ECG has received FDA clearance. I want to congratulate Dr. Dave (yes, he goes by that!), who is a true digital health pioneer! Twitter: @AliveCor & @DrDave01

“AliveCor is thrilled to announce that we have received FDA clearance for sale of our Heart Monitor iPhone ECG in the U.S. The Heart Monitor is initially intended for use by licensed U.S. medical professionals to record, display, store, transfer, and evaluate single-channel electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythm strips.

The Heart Monitor is now available to U.S. medical professionals for pre-order at AliveCor.com and will ship in early January 2013. Pre-order today to be the first to receive your Heart Monitor.
We will continue to update you with the latest news on our products and services, including availability in other countries, patient use, and general consumer use. Thank you for your support and interest!

We want everyone to have their health at their fingertips. That’s why we make the vital health signs of people (and animals) around the globe easily visible and actionable, at exceptionally low cost. This improves everything from public health to the lives and possibilities of people all over the world.”
Here are a few other noteworthy items in the fitness-tracking segment of digital health:

Sonny Vu’s Misfit Wearables launched their highly-anticipated “Shine” device
You may recall that Sonny and I collaborated on the Digital Health infographic.
Twitter: @MisfitWearables & @SonnyVu

After an initial failure to launch, Basis commercially launches
Twitter: @MyBasis

UP from Jawbone re-enters the fray (after initially exploding on launch)
Twitter: @Jawbone

Please share your thoughts:

What do you think this flurry of great digital health news means for consumers and the medical establishment?

What does AliveCor’s iPhoneECG mean for the sector? Is it as potentially groundbreaking as the Proteus Digital Health system?

Best regards,
Paul Sonnier

Head of Digital Health Strategy, Popper and Company
Founder, 13,000+ member Digital Health group on LinkedIn
Mentor, Blueprint Health 
Twitter:  @Paul_Sonnier

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