Our old pal Ivor Kovic is gathering open-source developers from around the world to engineer a generic 12-lead ECG system. The project’s goals are to start with a 3-lead ECG and work up to a 12-lead device with interpretive software for common operating systems. Further goals include adapting the system for use with mobile devices and adding features like wireless connectivity.
The openECGproject is essentially an online community conceived around a simple, but challenging and worthy goal – to develop an open source hardware and software solution for electrocardiography. More precisely, to develop an open source, low cost, and clinically functional 12-lead PC-based ECG with interpretive software.
The idea was conceived to help those hospitals and doctors, mainly from the Third World, who cannot afford similar currently available and expensive commercial products. Development of a free alternative could, I believe, have a profound impact on health care not just in poor countries, but in others too.
The whole project is philanthropic and depends on the efforts of volunteers who want to make a difference. Anyone can help, so be sure to visit the site, http://www.open-ecg-project.org, promote it and recommend it to others.