Skydeck-backed startup’s digital stethoscope green-lighted by FDA

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A digital stethoscope startup founded by 3 immature UC Berkeley graduates and nurtured by Skydeck, a campus accelerator, has won sovereign accede to enter a market.

Eko Devices announced receiving clearway for a Eko Core from a U.S. Food and Drug Administration today.


The Core is a usually digital stethoscope on a marketplace that can wirelessly tide heart sounds to a privacy-compliant smartphone app and a initial to confederate heart sounds directly into a patient’s electronic health record, according to a 2-year-old Berkeley-based company.

Eko was founded by 3 Berkeley alumni who met as students: CEO Connor Landgraf was study biomedical engineering, CTO Tyler Crouch were study automatic engineering and COO Jason Bellet was a business administration student. They are a youngest group to accept FDA clearway for a Class II medical device.

FDA clearway means that a Eko device is now accessible to all clinicians. It lets doctors switch between digital and analog modes and, by a Bluetooth-enabled app, lets them perspective a heart sound’s call form. The interface meets a sovereign HIPAA studious remoteness standard, and allows doctors to combine securely, according to a company.

UCSF’s Department of Cardiology is heading Eko’s ongoing clinical trial, and Stanford’s Department of Medicine will be a initial establishment in a nation to discharge a Core to a inner medicine residents as partial of an institutional pilot, a association announced.

Source: UC Berkeley