Kardia

Version: 5.6.1-57f91ddde | Cost: In App Purchases

Level 4 - Regulated
Country: US
Category: Abnormal Heart Rhythms (Arrhythmias), Atrial Fibrillation, Electrocardiogram (ECG)
Released: 03/12/2013
Updated: 24/05/2019
Version: 5.6.1-57f91ddde
Size: 94mb
Developer: AliveCor, Inc.
Reviewed On: 09/09/2019
This App achieved an ORCHA score of 83%.

It was assessed as a Level 4 App. These Apps can be focused on general health or specific conditions and contain advanced and complex features that are subject to formal regulation. Where they collect data we assess their data use policies and compliance with relevant standards. Because they are health focused we also assess their compliance in the Clinical Assurance as well as the User Experience domains.

This App does collect data and it is therefore assessed and scored based on its performance in all the sections of our review.

Data Privacy
21/30
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Clinical Assurance
45/50
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User Experience
16.7/20
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Developer description
Kardia works with the FDA-cleared Kardia Mobile— the most clinically-validated mobile EKG solution on the market. Easy Just put your fingers on the electrodes—no wires, patches or gels required. One-time setup and activation. Immediate Take a medical grade EKG in 30-seconds. Know right away if your heart rhythm is normal or if atrial fibrillation is detected. Trusted Record your heart health data with the medical accuracy your doctor can trust. REQUIRES KARDIA MOBILE, AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN THE U.S., AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, BAHRAIN, BELGIUM, CANADA, FRANCE, GERMANY, HONG KONG, HUNGARY, INDIA, IRELAND, ISRAEL, ITALY, KUWAIT, NETHERLANDS, NEW ZEALAND, OMAN, QATAR, SPAIN, SWITZERLAND, THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AND THE U.K. The Kardia app, paired with Kardia Mobile, is recommended by leading cardiologists and used by people around the world for accurate electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) recordings. Just hold Kardia Mobile in your hands for 30 seconds to capture a medical-grade EKG anytime, anywhere - no probes or wires necessary. Kardia Mobile will wirelessly communicate with the Kardia app to let you know if your EKG is normal or if atrial fibrillation (AF) is detected. You can easily share your EKG recordings with your doctor or request an expert review from a cardiologist or cardiac technician for an additional cost (expert review available in U.S., U.K., Ireland, and Australia only).
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We have identified that this App provides the following key features

General Information
The App provides general information or guidance
Social Support Networks
The App has its own or provides access to social networks relevant to its area of focus
Alerts And Notifications
The App provides alerts and notifications relevant to its area of focus
Data Sharing
The App allows users to share information in the App with others or other Apps/Systems
Automated Guidance
The App uses the data it has to provide automated advice and guidance about a user's health
Wellbeing Tracking
The App allows users to record relevant wellbeing information either manually or automatically using connected Apps or devices
WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?

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Data Collection

The data collected about users is/ isn't capable of identifying that it relates to them.

The type of data that it collects is classified as sensitive data.

(Identifiable and Sensitive) - Because of the type of data that this App collects it is particularly important that the App takes the security and privacy of that data seriously and only enables others to see or share this information if the user has expressly consented to this.

Data Use

The App does state that it won't share user data in any way with other people without the user's consent.

The App does allow users to share information in the App with other Apps, systems, organisations or users.

Data Security

The App doesn't encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is transferred from the App.

The App doesn't encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is retained by the the developer.

WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?

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Professional Assurance

It was clear from our review that a suitably qualified professional or organisation was involved in the Apps development.

It wasn't clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.

Testing

It was clear from our review that the App had been involved in any clinical trials or similar testing to demonstrate its 'real world' effectiveness.

This app is a medical device and has a CE mark.

WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?

This Review Area looks at how an App has been designed to support the overall user experience. This includes its availability on both primary platforms, how customisable the App is, how well it caters for end users with different capabilities and needs – such as visual or other impairments – how content is managed, how well supported the App is and what it costs. This area also looks at overall User Review scores from both platforms.

Testing

It wasclear from our review that the App had been through end user testing as part of its design and development.

Customisation

The App does provide customisable features.

End user capacity

The App does provide support for users with poor sight.

The App does provide support for users with hearing difficulties.

Support

The App doesn't appear to have a clear approach to dealing with user issues.

Cost

The App isn't entirely free to use.

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Scores below 45% indicate that an App has considerable issues or challenges and in its current form is potentially unhelpful or unsafe.

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