Mobile Solutions

Alexis Zervoglos

Digital cardio device set to displace Holter

By Rosie Lombardi

A new heart monitoring wearable developed by San Francisco-based Qardio is set to modernize the way cardiologists collect and use patient data. Called QardioCore, the device is equipped with powerful sensors that record 20 million data points which are streamed to a smartphone app and can be viewed in real-time. Users can take the water-resistant…

Jason Bellet

Eko Core digital stethoscope now available in Canada

By Rosie Lombardi

The Eko Core digital stethoscope, recently approved by Health Canada, can help doctors improve the speed and accuracy of their examinations by boosting heart and lung sounds 40 times and creating a digital file that can be stored and shared. “It takes that often scary, lonely feeling of being a lone doctor responsible for listening…

Michael Snyder

Wearable health sensors act as check engine light

A next step for smart watches and fitness trackers? Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease. Geneticist Michael Snyder (pictured) never had Lyme’s characteristic bulls-eye rash. But a smart watch and other sensors charted changes in Snyder’s heart…


PageMe secure smartphone app to replace pagers

A new smart-phone app, created with the help of a Western University associate professor, will allow doctors to ditch their aging pagers. PageMe is a first-of-its-kind app that allows healthcare professionals to message each other about patient care in a secure and confidential way. Dr. Brian Rotenberg (pictured) from Western’s Schulich School of Medicine &…


Canadian app will meld global travel and disease data

By Rosie Lombardi

An infectious disease expert at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto is leading an ambitious Big Data project to develop an app that correlates global airline travel patterns with infectious disease outbreaks to help alert and educate physicians on the frontlines about emerging diseases. Zika, Ebola, MERS, SARS: Frontline healthcare workers were unaware that they were…


Wearable technology doesn’t boost weight loss: Study

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have found that using wearable technology to monitor activity levels does not help people lose weight – and that not using it might actually help you lose more weight. The two year study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, put 470 overweight adults between 18 and…

Louis-Martin Parent

Restaurateur invents new wireless heart monitor

After suffering a mild heart attack in 2011, restaurateur John Bentivoglio was given what was then considered a top-of-the-line heart monitor to keep a continuing check on what was happening in his chest. The first time he wore it to bed, though, he woke up in the middle of the night with one of the…

Raina Merchant

Can smartphones improve heart attack treatment?

Smartphones, social media and crowdsourcing all have the potential to help people get faster, better treatment for heart attacks and strokes, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Because they’re so widely available, these tools might be able to address some of the biggest challenges in emergency cardiac care, like patients’ failure to recognize symptoms…

Emily Seto

Harnessing the potential of mobile health apps

What information is worth the patient’s time to collect? Mobile health apps on our cellphones can hold a wealth of helpful information to take better care of ourselves, but family doctors still face barriers harnessing the potential. Of the explosion of 165,000 health apps now available, 36 account for half of downloads, said Emily Seto…

Ryan Sander

QHR acquires PatientPrep waiting room technology

QHR Corporation has announced it has acquired ownership of the Canadian rights to PatientPrep from TrueVation Technologies Inc. The structure of the deal grants exclusive Canadian ownership of PatientPrep to QHR. TrueVation will continue to own and market the product in other countries, including the United States. PatientPrep is a product used by healthcare providers…