Tips on Bluetooth, batteries and Apple vs. Android from Eko Health co-founder and CEO Connor Landgraf

Eko Health’s Core 5000 digital stethoscope has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 300 minutes of continuous use, or up to 60 hours of regular clinical use. The stethoscope uses Bluetooth 4.2 low-energyand offers a wireless listening option. [Photo courtesy of Eko Health]

Eko Health has learned a bit about batteries and Bluetooth while developing AI-powered medical devices to help physicians detect cardiovascular disease.

Eko Health’s devices include hardware — in the form of its Duo and Core digital stethoscopes — and algorithms that analyze the acoustic and electrocardiogram (ECG) signals collected by those handheld devices. Together, their hardware and software is cleared by the FDA to detect heart murmurs, atrial fibrillation (AFib) and signs of low left ventricular ejection fraction.

Related: How Eko Health’s AI-powered stethoscope detects early signs of heart failure

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Shockwave Medical looks to a digital health company for its next CFO

Renee Gaeta, the incoming CFO of Shockwave Medical [Image courtesy of Gaeta’s LinkedIn page]Shockwave Medical (NASDAQ: SWAV) + is tapping the CFO of smart stethoscope maker Eko Health as its next CFO. 

Renee Gaeta will succeed Dan Puckett, effective Feb. 5. Pucket, who has served as Shockwave Medical’s CFO since 2016, had previously announced his decision to retire.

“Renee is a highly skilled and accomplished executive with a proven track record in the medical device and healthcare industries,” Shockwave Medical CEO Doug Godshall said in a news release. “I am thrilled to welcome Renee to Shockwave and look forward to partnering with her through our next phase of growth and profitability. I would also like to thank Dan Puckett for his exemplary leadership and outsized contribution to the success of Shockwave. Though Dan will be missed, fortunately he will continue to work with us in a consulting capacity.”

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Eko reports improved heart disease detection with its AI tech

The Eko Sensora system on a tablet featuring the featuring 3M Littmann Core digital stethoscope. [Image courtesy of Eko]Eko Health today announced new clinical data demonstrating the real-world clinical efficacy of its AI-enabled Sensora platform.

Data presented at the 2023 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions highlighted Sensora’s ability to quickly and accurately detect structural murmurs associated with valvular heart disease.

The study evaluated the performance of an Eko digital stethoscope paired with the company’s AI-based structural murmur detection algorithm. It pitted the Eko technology against the standard auscultation with an analog stethoscope in the primary care setting. The study evaluated 369 patients and continues enrolling with plans to collect up to 12 months of follow-up data.

Eko said in a news release that the study showed better than two times improvement with AI in detecting VHD associated with murmur sensitivity…

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Eko begins large-scale rollout of AI-based heart disease detection tech in the UK

The Eko Sensora system on a tablet featuring the featuring 3M Littmann Core digital stethoscope. [Image courtesy of Eko]Eko Health today announced regulatory approval for and the deployment of its AI-enabled technology in the United Kingdom.

Emeryville, California–based Eko received UKCA marking approval for the technology it markets in the U.S. as Sensora. The company launched Sensora, which uses AI to identify signs of valvular heart disease, in the U.S. in February.

Sensora combines machine learning with a stethoscope. It captures and analyzes heart sounds and electrical signals through this digital technology. The company designed this detection platform to expand as the company develops new applications.

TRICORDER, a National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)-funded implementation program led by researchers at Imperial College London, will deploy the technology across primary care practices across the UK. Its implementation could aid in the…

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