Mobile health (m-Health) technologies are revolutionizing cardiovascular (CV) medicine. However, more than 80% of heart disease related deaths occur in developing countries, that are unable to take advantage of such innovations for healthcare awareness and prevention. With the rise of non-communicable diseases there is an urgent call to promote effective and accessible low- cost prevention campaigns in low-income settingS. In general, low-and-middle-income countries have major restrictions on their healthcare capacities due to the lack of infrastructures, human resources and logistics. However, while high-income countries remain at the forefront of developing the latest mobile technologies used in healthcare, the rate of penetration of such technologies in low-and-middle-income countries has recently exceeded that of their wealthier neighbours. Smartphone technology may overcome several of these limitations by providing an easy and affordable access to accurate diagnostic and monitoring methods. In such settings, widespread availability of accurate ECG screening would represent a major step in the right direction.
With D-Heart, we are active worldwide in affordable and operator-oriented cardiovascular screening campaigns, partnering with NGOs, private foundations as well as a benefit corporation.