Eko Devices announced the start of a clinical trial of its Eko Core with UCSF’s department of cardiology. The Eko Core is digital stethoscope attachment that allows clinicians to visualize, record, playback, share, and analyze heart sounds. Integrated Bluetooth links the Core to Eko’s smartphone app and web portal – powerful digital tools for heartbeat analysis, audio visualization, and secure data storage. Eko provides a HIPAA compliant web portal to store and share heart sounds for clinicians. Eko also provides integrations to attach heart sound reports and recordings to most major Electronic Health Records.
Sarah Hedgecock, Forbes:
“What’s really exciting is it has the potential to make internists and nurse practitioners and other types of providers into cardiologists,” says Dr. John Chorba, who is heading up the clinical study. One common issue analog stethoscopes pose, he says, is difficulty in distinguishing benign heart murmurs from something that may be indicative of pathology.
In the study, data from the Eko Core will be compared with echocardiogram results – the “gold standard,” according to Chorba – to see if the two measurements’ assessments of a patient are similar. If they are, then the Eko Core could be used in clinical practice to better determine whether a patient even needs an EKG.