Startup gains FDA nod for wearable EKG cardiac arrhythmia monitor

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The FDA has cleared the MoMe Kardia electrocardiogram device from startup InfoBionic to diagnose cardiac arrhythmias. It's a big step up from traditional cardiac monitors and includes three different monitoring types that typically require discrete devices.

But, it's not nearly as convenient as a more consumer-oriented monitoring technology from AliveCor, which comes as a smartphone or tablet attachment and app combo and is FDA-cleared specifically for the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. This is a common cause of cardiac arrhythmia and a major cause of stroke. AliveCor just announced an upcoming Apple Watch band version of its device--and, coincidentally, put both under a brand umbrella identical to that used by InfoBionic--Kardia.

InfoBionic expects to launch its MoMe Kardia next quarter for ambulatory detection and monitoring. Unlike AliveCor, it will be targeting healthcare providers that are likely still offering patient monitoring via discrete Holter, event or mobile cardiac telemetry (MCT) devices.

"We're thrilled to announce FDA 510(k) clearance to market for MoMe Kardia, which supports our mission to create superior patient monitoring solutions for arrhythmia detection and chronic disease management," said InfoBionic co-founder, President and CEO Nancy Briefs in a statement. "MoMe Kardia is a 3-in-1 device that seamlessly transitions between Holter, Event and MCT modes remotely, streamlining patient monitoring time without delays."

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