Eko, a digital health company advancing heart and lung disease detection, has been named to Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022 in the Medical Device category. Eko’s smart stethoscopes, powered by FDA-cleared artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, detect leading indicators of cardiovascular disease such as atrial fibrillation (AFib) and heart murmurs at any point of care. This technology provides clinicians with a solution to more efficiently and affordably screen for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.
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“Eko has achieved numerous milestones over the past year, including doubling our clinician user base, developing novel machine learning technologies, and meeting clinical landmarks,” said Connor Landgraf, Co-Founder and CEO of Eko. “Our team is proud to be recognized by Fast Company as one of the most innovative companies in the world. We are creating a new standard of cardiac care to ensure all patients have early access to heart and lung disease detection.”
Real-world validation of Eko’s AI algorithms came from a peer-reviewed publication in the Journal of the American Heart Association that found the performance of Eko’s AI for detecting heart murmurs comparable to human experts. It was the largest study on AI analysis of cardiac murmurs to date. In conjunction with the UK National Health Service (NHS), a groundbreaking independent study by the Imperial College of London demonstrated Eko’s ability to screen patients for heart failure in seconds using AI during routine physical exams.
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Eko, a digital health company, is changing how healthcare professionals detect and monitor heart and lung disease with its innovative suite of digital tools, patient and provider software, and AI-powered analysis. Its FDA-cleared platform is used by hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals worldwide, allowing them to detect earlier and with higher accuracy, diagnose with more confidence, manage treatment effectively, and ultimately give their patients the best care possible. Eko is headquartered in Oakland, California, with over $125 million in funding from Highland Capital Partners, Questa Capital, Artis Ventures, DigiTx Partners, NTTVC, Morningside Technology Ventures Limited, Mayo Clinic, Sutter Health, and others. To learn more about Eko, visit ekohealth.com.
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