What happens once the data is collected by the app?
van Gorp: Once the data is collected it is automatically sent to a secure sector, which is in Frankfurt in Germany. The app itself is a dumb device, since there is no intelligence formatted on it yet. The data is immediately transmitted to the secured environment and from that moment on analyzed by the algorithm. Within seconds after the measurement the user and the doctor receive feedback on the results.
The app can now be used with a Fitbit smartwatch. Is the app compatible with other wearables as well?
van Gorp: From a technology perspective the application is compatible with smart watches and other future wearables such as earplugs. When the mobile devices or wearables uses PPG sensors FibriCheck can be used. The only thing needed is the raw signal. Sometimes smart watch providers are blocking the raw signal, then the app is not accessible because we can’t use our algorithm for the analysis.
Is the app user-friendly for elderly people?
van Gorp: When we started in 2014 it was not as common to measure data with apps for elderly people of the age 60 or above. But since then more and more people over 60 started using a smartphone. We develop our app together with patient groups to make sure, that it is easy to use for elder target groups as well. Today we have over 200.000 people that have used FibriCheck. The average age of users is 50+ with 60 percent of all users. Smart watches are further advancing the usage, because they just need to be worn to monitor the person.
FibriCheck has already been on the market for quite some time. What are some of your future goals?
van Gorp: From a commercial perspective, we focus on internationalization. Since we are doing a lot of work in the UK, on the Italian market and starting in the German market as well. We have the FDA Approval for the US market so we will be further expanding in that area.
From a technology perspective, we are focusing on continuously monitoring heart rhythm via smartwatch on the wrists. In one to four months we want to provide a solution that can automatically monitor the heart rhythm at night without any involvement of the user.