The news: GE Healthcare partnered with AliveCor to let physicians easily view and analyze the result of their patient’s electrocardiogram (EKG) recorded via AliveCor’s FDA-cleared EKG device, KardiaMobile, per a company press release.
Here’s how it works: EKG data captured from a KardiaMobile device will be automatically shared with GE’s Muse Cardiac Management software—which is already integrated into most electronic health records (EHRs).
The bigger picture: The ability to integrate EKG data directly into an EHR could make doctors’ lives easier. However, patients aren’t satisfied with medical wearables’ UX, and that’s limiting their desire to use devices like AliveCor’s.
Most physicians are burdened with heavy admin work within their EHRs, so it’s highly valuable to have a new digital health platform that’s already integrated within their EHR system.
However, while better EHR integration is good news for overworked physicians, that doesn’t necessarily mean consumers will find Alivecor’s wearable easier to use.
What’s next? Going forward, we could see clinicians and medical wearables developers like AliveCor and Withings double down on support for patients with poor tech literacy.
Consumers want more support and training around how to actually used their device, they don't want to be left to figure it out themselves: