CES 2012 – How your iPhone might just save you from having a heart attack

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So you think medical and health gadgets a bit gimmicky? Well maybe, but they may have already saved one life.

In a keynote speech at CES 2012 Dr. Eric Topol, the chief academic officer of Scripps Health told a story about how he was able to use a software called Alivecor from Qualcomm – which is being trialled on mobile phones – to save a man’s life.

He was apparently on a flight when someone was taken ill with chest pains. Using the tool Topol was able to quickly diagnose that the passenger having chest pains was having a heart attack, and not just indigestion. The airplane made an emergency landing, allowing the man’s life to be saved.

Here’s a video of the device in action. For more on some very cool medical gadgets and apps from Qualcomm go here, and check out Connected Health for full CES coverage here.

Ashley Norris