A local technology company, Kallows Engineering, announced Aug. 16 the release of two products: ultraportable heart monitors that run on mobiles or tablets.
The amazing thing about these products is that they transmit the ECG of a patient to a remote doctor anywhere in the world by dialing his mobile phone and showing the live ECG.
Kallows founders, one of whom is Gajanan Satish Nagarsekar, expect these products to revolutionize the portable ECG monitor market as they provide several key advances over current ECG monitors. The two products, a three-lead ECG monitor called MobMon 3.0 and a 12-lead ECG monitor called MobMon 12.0, may be the world’s smallest ECG monitors of their kind.
The Kallows founders had won the top prize of $7500 in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee New Venture Business Plan Competition in 2011.
Both products fit in the palm of the hand and also have a pulse oximeter for measuring blood oxygen levels. In addition, the products do not require an AC line power as they are battery operated, and do not require a special ECG strip printer or paper (as the ECG signals can be printed with any PC printer).
However, the revolutionary feature is the ability to send the patient’s ECG to a remote physician by dialing his mobile number and displaying a live feed thereon.
The remote viewing of the patient’s ECG provides lifesaving minutes. In addition to giving a doctor, such as a cardiologist, the convenience of viewing the patient’s ECG remotely, the MobMon alerts the doctor to the patient’s condition, such as if he is suffering a heart attack while the patient is still in the hands of the first responder.
Kallows founders expect this feature to be a key anywhere a cardiologist is not immediately available, especially in rural areas.
Nagarsekar has worked with Wipro GE Medical Systems in India and the U.S., the University of California at San Diego and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.