The heart of the matter: Kraków firm teaches medical students high-tech solutions for heart disease
A med-tech firm has started teaching the next generation of doctors how to use the “digital tools” they will need to help the sick and injured of the future.
Cardiomatics, which produces ECG (electrocardiogram), also known as EKG, software, is rolling out the training programme that will help medical students understand how to get the best out of such tools.
“During our meetings with students and doctors we realised that, although many professionals declare that they want to use digital tools, the matching skills are missing,” said Rafał Samborski, CEO of Cardiomatics. “AI (Artificial Intelligence) offers a vast range of solutions supporting clinicians’ practice. The digital transformation is not only about tools, it is about preparing the future workforce.
“Already, two leading Polish medical universities have joined the programme, but we want to share our expert knowledge on digital health-related topics with all students around the world,” he continued. “Teachers from universities from UK, Germany and Greece are in the process of taking the training necessary to implement the programme in their curriculum.”
The two Polish universities are the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Kraków and the Medical University of Warsaw, but the learning toolbox is already available to all medical universities wanting to join the programme, and could potentially be used worldwide to help doctors become more efficient.
Cardiomatics was established in Kraków in 2017 and its technology is already used in over 100 clinics in Poland, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark. The firm’s database is increasing in size rapidly and thus makes their algorithms and analysis even more accurate. The company has analysed hundreds of thousands of hours of multichannel ECGs and are close to reaching one billion registered heartbeats. The data has been collected from users and research projects.
There are many wearable devices that incorporate ECG monitoring devices such as smartwatches and halters but while they monitor and register the data they need software, like Cardiomatics has created, to analyse it. Sleep analysis is also growing in popularity and the focus is not only on length of sleep but sleep patterns and amount of recovery attained. Analysing ECG data can help observe the heart rate variability, which can help healthy people better understand their bodies.
With more than 1 billion people globally living with some form of cardiovascular disease it is a leading cause of death. The World Health Organization estimate about 18 million people die each year from cardiovascular disease so a quicker analysis of any problems could lead to better medical care for many people.
“Most of the AI research in the field of cardiology is currently focused on early diagnosis, but the future will definitely involve prediction and prevention as well,” Samborski said.
Next year Cardiomatics will deploy algorithms for patients with implantable devices or patients after ablation (a treatment aimed at controlling or correcting abnormal heart rhythms). The more advanced course on their training program already covers these areas Samborski, told TFN.