AliveCor, which makes portable ECG devices and the accompanying software, is partnering with AstraZeneca to research new disease management solutions in cardiovascular, renal, and metabolism (CVRM) therapeutic areas. The collaboration will translate AliveCor’s potassium detection technology and science, which enables potassium measurement outside of blood draws, into real-world disease management applications and solutions.
Why does it matter?
The cross-industry collaboration expands the research and development of AliveCor’s Kardia-K AI platform, which received “Breakthrough Device Designation” status from the FDA to screen for elevated levels of blood potassium. Kardia-K is being built using AliveCor’s proprietary deep neural network, and analyzes electrocardiograms (ECGs) to measure a patient’s potassium levels without requiring any blood from the patient. AliveCor’s neural network was trained in collaboration with Mayo Clinic using more than 1.5 million ECGs and was validated on approximately 62,000 ECGs. The research was published in JAMA Cardiology in April 2019.
The collaboration seeks to improve the delivery of life-changing medicines that are fueling growth in the industry and providing value to patients and society. Its initiative accelerates AliveCor’s work with key players in the BioPharma industry and demonstrates diverse interest in AliveCor’s technology, from clinical research organizations to health systems to pharmaceutical companies’ digital therapeutic programs.
On the record
“By collaborating across industries, AliveCor is leading the way in the development of non- invasive, more accessible medical solutions for patients and health organizations worldwide,” said Aman Bhatti, Head of BioPharma Partnerships at AliveCor. “Our collaboration with AstraZeneca exemplifies how pharmaceutical and digital health companies can work together to drive the future of medicine.”
For the nearly 30 million U.S. adults with chronic kidney disease, the one-day likelihood of a fatality is 3 to 13 times higher if potassium is elevated. The current standard practice for measuring potassium levels is a blood test, which is invasive, inconvenient, and poses safety risks for patients during the pandemic. A remote, easy-to-use potassium test could help track for increased potassium levels in those patients, as well as the 500,000 Americans with end stage kidney disease and on dialysis, where high potassium may contribute to up to 40% of fatalities.