The Longevity

Heart Roundup

February 14, 2017 | Features, Service Journalism

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Longevity Network is bringing you a roundup of their best heart coverage from the last year.  Happy healthy heart day, Longevity Networkers!

Entrepreneur of the Week and Guest Voices Contributor:  Harsh Vathsangam from Moving Analytics

In his Entrepreneur of the Week interview with Longevity Network in September, Moving Analytics founder and CEO, Harsh Vathsangam told us, “Moving Analytics helps hospitals implement home-based cardiopulmonary care management programs delivered through patients’ mobile devices. Moving Analytics helps hospitals increase participation in CR through technology enabled, home-based programs. We offer a turnkey solution consisting of an evidence-based program, technology platform and implementation expertise.”

Harsh also contributed a blog for Longevity Network’s Guest Voices section last month, discussing the Potential of Telehealth in Changing Healthcare Delivery. In that post, he outlines 4 advantages telehealth provides: increased access to care, convenience, scale, and improved communication.

News on Companies to Watch

BLOOMER TECH

In November, we covered an article about Bloomer Tech, a startup out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that is creating a wearable specifically aimed at better monitoring and understanding women’s cardiovascular health — and it’s a bra.

Bloomer Tech utilizes flexible, washable circuits with sensors that are sewn into the lining. The smart bra device will monitor electrocardiogram signals from the heart, in addition to other biometrics, and send real-time data to a woman’s smartphone, as well as to her doctor. The startup aims to provide patients and doctors with more accurate data to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease.

CARDIOGRAM

Health tech startup Cardiogram, covered on our site in October, announced that it had raised $2 million in a seed round led by a16z Bio Fund for an app that screens users’ cardio health and gives them help improving or maintaining it.

The company started out with an Apple Watch integrated app, initially. But it is ultimately planning to be a “device agnostic” business, and to make its app utilizable with all manner of wearables such as Android Wear watches, or various fitness bands and activity trackers from the likes of Fitbit or Garmin.

iBEAT

In September, we brought you news of a high-profile investor for iBeat, run by former Practice Fusion CEO Ryan Howard. Television personality Dr. Oz was named an advisor to iBeat after investing an undisclosed amount of money in the company. The announcement was made in conjunction with the launch of a heart-monitoring, fashion forward smartwatch called the the iBeat Life Monitor. The watch continuously monitors heart activity and contacts loved ones and emergency responders in the event of life threatening cardiac activity.

iHEART

Also in September we told you about iHeart – a biological health reader developed by VitalSines, Inc. iHEart determines a person’s “Internal Age” by measuring their aortic stiffness via the user’s pulse. Aortic stiffness is a good indicator of overall health and can predict increased risk of death as tightening of the aorta can lead to deterioration of many vital organs. Through an integrated mobile app, user’s can track their aortic stiffness and make lifestyle changes to address any issues.

KARDIA BAND

And finally, back in March we brought you news of the Kardia Band, the first of it’s kind, medical-grade EKG strap compatible with the Apple Watch. Unlike other popular wearable heart monitors (think Fitbit, Misfit, or even the Apple Watch itself), Kardia is able to detect Atrial Fibrillation which is a leading cause of stroke. Working in concert with the Kardia mobile app, the device can tell you when you need to be worried and contact a doctor.