FDA green lights algorithm for detecting heart arrhythmia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a software algorithm that detects atrial fibrillation on a mobile heart monitor.

AliveCor's automated analysis process, called AFib, can determine atrial fibrillation events using electrocardiogram recordings on its mobile phone-based Heart Monitor. The results can then be confirmed using the company's ECG analysis service, according to an announcement.

"The ability to automatically detect serious heart arrhythmia using mobile technology has the potential to save lives, reduce healthcare costs and allow patients and their caregivers to make informed decisions about cardiac care," said Euan Thomson, AliveCor president and CEO, in the announcement.

The company plans to make AFib Detector available by next month. Its Heart Monitor is compatible with all iPhone models and most Android mobile devices. Announcement