The Challenge

Redesign a mobile heart monitor to help the 140 million people affected by atrial fibrillation.

The Outcome

The AliveCor Heart Monitor, 50 percent thinner and 40 percent lighter than the original, with all of the same medical-grade functionality.

AliveCor Heart Monitor

San Francisco startup AliveCor was looking to create a next-generation heart monitor for the 140 million people affected by Atrial Fibrillation and had developed the technology to use a client’s mobile device to help manage heart conditions anywhere, anytime.

AliveCor asked IDEO to help design a monitor that fit into the user’s lifestyle and would make collecting information effortless. The final result, the AliveCor Heart Monitor, is 50 percent thinner and 40 percent lighter than the earlier version, with all of the same medical-grade functionality. Today, patients use the monitor to record ECGs, detect AF and normal rhythms, and track a comprehensive list of symptoms, medications, and activities, putting their health and peace of mind into their own hands.