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FDA Approves AI Tool for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Detection

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By: Dave Gilmartin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an artificial intelligence (AI) tool to detect and manage Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM).

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Photomicrograph showing hypertrophic myocardium with thick muscle fibers and enlarged and dark nuclei.

The electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis software from Viz.ai will help identify for follow-up care potential cases of HCM, a rare condition where the heart muscle becomes thick, making it difficult for the heart to pump.

The FDA approval creates a new regulatory category for cardiovascular machine learning-based notification software, Viz.ai said.

“Given the high prevalence of patients with suspected HCM who remain undiagnosed, flagging and connecting them quickly to the right providers is critical to improve health outcomes,” said Matthew Martinez, MD, director of sports cardiology and HCM, Atlantic Health System. “The role of artificial intelligence in cardiology is growing exponentially and adding the HCM module to Viz.ai will help increase awareness and reach for HCM patients.”

The program reviews routine ECGs across a health system and notifies the care team when it identifies a potential HCM case. The new HCM module is part of 12 FDA-cleared AI algorithms on the Viz.ai platform used at more than 1,400 hospitals in the US and Europe, the company said.

 

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the American Nurses Association, the Editorial Advisory Board members, or the Publisher, Editors and staff of American Nurse Journal. This has not been peer reviewed.

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