Ubiquitous Wireless ECG Recording: A Powerful Tool Physicians Should Embrace

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Address for correspondence: Leslie A. Saxon, M.D., Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Healthcare Consultation I, 1510 San Pablo Street, Suite 322, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Fax: +323-442-6130, +323-442-6133; E-mail: saxon@usc.edu

Abstract

Ubiquitous Wireless ECG Recording. The use of smart phones has increased dramatically and there are nearly a billion users on 3G and 4G networks worldwide. Nearly 60% of the U.S. population uses smart phones to access the internet, and smart phone sales now surpass those of desktop and laptop computers. The speed of wireless communication technology on 3G and 4G networks and the widespread adoption and use of iOS equipped smart phones (Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA, USA) provide infrastructure for the transmission of wireless biomedical data, including ECG data. These technologies provide an unprecedented opportunity for physicians to continually access data that can be used to detect issues before symptoms occur or to have definitive data when symptoms are present. The technology also greatly empowers and enables the possibility for unprecedented patient participation in their own medical education and health status as well as that of their social network. As patient advocates, physicians and particularly cardiac electrophysiologists should embrace the future and promise of wireless ECG recording, a technology solution that can truly scale across the global population. (J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol, Vol. 24, pp. 480-483, April 2013)

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