"Patient illustrates how the iPhone and $1.99 could disrupt the medical device industry."
"Today in my clinic, a patient brought me her atrial fibrillation burden history on her iPhone and it cost her less than a $10 co-pay. For $1.99 US, she downloaded the iPhone app Cardiograph to her iPhone.
"I got a relative picture of how often she was having afib and she got the opportunity to help me with her care.
"Was this a medical device? No, it was an iPhone app. Was it perfect? No it wasn’t. I certainly couldn’t differentiate frequent PAC’s or PVC’s from atrial fibrillation reliably. It was NOT an EKG after all. But we were past that point in her evaluation. I just needed to know how often she was having her known paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and she wanted to keep a convenient record of her episodes.
"Was it helpful in this case? Absolutely.
"More importantly, she just saved herself and the health care system a ton of money. "