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Cardiologs raises $6.4M to bring image recognition to EKG analysis

Cardiologs raises $6.4M to bring image recognition to EKG analysis
From TechCrunch - October 5, 2017

Youll find image recognition technology in almost every kind of consumer service you would use todaylike Facebook, Google, or any number of other appsbut Yann Fleureau is hoping that he can build a whole business off of its increasing success in healthcare.

Fleureau hopes that his startup, Cardiologs, can use image recognition to analyze an EKG and detect potential problems going forward. Though he says his family members have dealt with cardiovascular problems over time, Fleureau says the motivation was a business opportunity to apply emerging technology that is getting more and more accurate every day in a slice of the healthcare universe that hasnt seen a lot of movement yet.The company said it has raised $6.4 million in new financing today.

At the end of the day, doctors dont really care about AI, Fleureau said. They care about the patient, so the question is whether we move the needle for the patient. Thats what the discussion was about. For them, AI is kind of nice, but they want to see tangible results.

Doctors and specialists are trained to recognize any kind of aberrations in an EKG, which allows them to quickly identify if there are any abnormalities in how someones heart is working. That can include something along the lines of arrhythmiaor improper beating of the heartthat could signal long-term complications. But like any engineer, Fleureau hopes to streamline the process of looking at hours of EKG data and make it easy to upload the information and get a quick analysis powered by a machine.

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