SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 25, 2019 -- Eko, a digital health company with an AI-powered cardiac screening platform, today announced the second generation of its CORE product line. An evolution from Eko's first-generation CORE, the new CORE features powerful amplification and active noise cancellation that enables doctors and nurses to hear heart and lung sounds with greater clarity and screen patients for heart disease, the number one cause of death in the U.S., more effectively.
"When heart and lung sounds are amplified in the screening of heart valve and pulmonary diseases, everything changes," said Connor Landgraf, co-founder and CEO of Eko. "Our mission at Eko continues to be to enable all healthcare professionals to provide the highest level of cardiac care through non-invasive, reliable products. The redesigned CORE puts the ears of a trained cardiologist in the hands of any doctor or nurse."
Two hundred years after its invention, the stethoscope is still the most heavily relied upon cardiac and pulmonary screening tool. With a sleeker design, unprecedented active noise cancellation, and forthcoming decision support algorithms, the second-generation CORE will elevate what clinicians already use in every physical exam and close gaps in care created in part by analog stethoscopes.
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"The better we can hear and the better we can screen, the better we can care for our patients," said Dr. Steve Pham, VP of clinical research at Eko and an emergency medicine physician. "The CORE, coupled with Eko's software, helps convert the device already worn around the neck of 30 million clinicians around the world into a powerful cardiopulmonary screening tool."
Since releasing its first-generation CORE in 2015, clinicians at over 4,000 hospitals have used the device to enhance their practice.
The second-generation CORE will be available on Eko's website to healthcare providers as an attachment to their existing stethoscope (sold as the CORE Digital Attachment) or as a fully assembled digital stethoscope (sold as the CORE Digital Stethoscope) for $199 and $249, respectively.
CORE Digital Attachment and CORE Digital Stethoscope features include:
Active noise-cancellation, perfect for honing in on heart and lung sounds in loud settings
40x sound amplification with seven volume settings, for enhanced clarity of critical sounds
Easy toggling between acoustic and digital modes
Lithium-ion battery with 10-hour life and micro-USB charging