Edinburgh Zoo Vets Excited By New Smartphone Technology
October 8, 2012 § 1 Comment
AliveCor paid a visit to Edinburgh Zoo last week to demonstrate their new smartphone application. This new technology aims to provide medical professionals, patients, and consumers worldwide with mobile-powered devices, data, and analysis to identify, prevent, and manage life-altering diseases from anywhere in the world.
As a first offering, AliveCor has developed a clinical-quality, low-cost mobile ECG heart monitor. The device is compatible with the iPhone 4 / 4S and enables patients to monitor their heart health anywhere, at any time, and provides physicians with an additional heart health assessment tool.
The visit to Edinburgh Zoo allowed AliveCor to demonstrate the applications wider potential on a variety of different animals such as the koalas, rhinos, wallabies and penguins.
RZSS veterinary surgeon Romain Pizzi said:
“A normal ECG wouldn’t be possible without a number of sticky pads and wires needing to be applied which requires anesthetic. This device is brilliant because it lets me, walk up to an animal and get an ECG snapshot of the hearts health in a couple of seconds with minimal stress to the animal. This also gives much more information than just listening with a stethoscope. Particularly with some of the larger animals like the rhino, you can barely hear the heart with the stethoscope whilst this had no trouble detecting the heart rate and activity. Bertus clearly didn’t mind as he carried on enjoying his breakfast!”