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Detecting cardiac diseases with a simple smartphone, without the need for external sensors or devices.
Detecting cardiac diseases with a simple smartphone, without the need for external sensors or devices.
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What is Cardiia?

We have developed a mobile application that detects atrial fibrillation along with other cardiac diseases and shares them with your primary physician. No more need for expensive external sensors or devices.

Did you know?

Diseases involving the heart cause the largest percentage of deaths worldwide.

Since the artificial intelligence keeps learning worldwide from hospital field tests, the update button allows the user to search for updates and download them to improve the app performance!

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The Cardiia app works on Android and iOS smartphones. To the best of our knowledge, Cardiia is the only mobile app able to detect precisely a wide range of cardiac diseases. 

 

At Cardiia, we believe that prevention is the best available weapon in the battle against cardiac diseases.

Cardiia brings diagnosis at your fingertips, being able to measure the heartbeat and the shape of the blood pressure wave with extremely high precision to detect atrial fibrillation using artificial intelligence. 

First in Florence!

The Cardiia team won the Digital Health Forum Startup Competition in Florence, Italy! They will start field testing on 1,000 patients at a university hospital in Rome. During this six month trial the goal will be to gather data, improve the AI training, and test the new functionality of signal capturing. This new functionality is based on facial reading of the heartbeat, without direct contact.

 

 

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In the next few years you may join the 1 BILLION people who are at risk of developing atrial fibrillation.

To give an idea of the potential impact of cardiac diagnosis and prevention on every smartphone, we take a look at the global spread of one significant cardiac disease: atrial fibrillation. 

Atrial fibrillation is a condition, usually asymptomatic, that can result in ischemic stroke or heart attack if left untreated. Its worldwide incidence is rising and it’s starting to affect people in their fifties also, with 33 millions diagnosed in the world. 

In many rural areas remote prevention is the only choice, since the distance from the nearest hospital limits periodic health checks.

Atrial fibrillation is a disease that strikes 1 out of 4 adults more than 50 years old.

Many cardiovascular diseases can be successfully cured, but it’s crucial that patients are diagnosed at the earliest stage, when symptoms can be still rare.

 

Cardiia uses video analysis techniques to measure heartbeats and the blood pressure wave shape with extremely high precision. By touching the smartphone's camera with your fingertip it will read the blood flow.

The video analysis turns the smartphone into a precise photoplethysmography device. This device is capable of reading heartbeats from a finger touching the camera when the flashlight is on.  

Machine Learning compares the signal with the internal archive of cardiac rhythms and detects in a robust and precise manner the underlying anomalies performing a diagnosis. 

The user is warned of the possible pathology and a cardiology visit is recommended. If the patient is already being monitored/supervised, their doctor can be sent a message too!

 

 Supported Devices 

Cardiia is compatible with all recent Android and iOS devices. 

For iOS, the following devices support Cardiia: 

  • iPhone 6s 
  • iPhone 6s Plus 
  • iPhone 7 
  • iPhone 7 Plus 
  • iPhone SE 

For Android, any device running Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer should be fully supported by Cardiia.

Cardiia correctly identified atrial fibrillation 98% of the time, with 2% false positives and 0% false negatives.

In a test performed on 600 ECG signals from the MIT Arrhythmia Archive the app correctly identified atrial fibrillation 98% of the times: 2% false positives and 0% false negatives. 

Then, in a test performed on 100 patients in a private clinic the app correctly identified atrial fibrillation 98% of the times, again with 2% false positives and 0% false negatives. Having 0% false negatives is a fact of special importance, in fact, it's crucial to detect properly all affected people without any anomaly going undetected. 

Right now similar tests are underway in the identification of atrial flutter and supra ventricular tachycardia, two other cardiological diseases featuring a recognizable heartbeat signature.

We want to share the app with the Kickstarter Community, and we need the Community's help to make it grow, and fulfill the objective of detecting the largest possible set of cardiac anomalies. 

Atrial fibrillation hit my family one year ago, and since then I have been working on Cardiia, because I realized, from my own experience, how cardiac diseases can easily go undetected, and in absence of symptoms it’s common to procrastinate the visit due to laziness, lack of time or fear.  

What about other Apps? 

Compared to the common heart rate apps, or to home medical devices, Cardiia is the only solution that is both affordable, easy to use and accurate.

We analyzed ten of the common "Heart Rate" apps available on Google and Apple Store, but comparing their results with the readings of an electronic sphygmomanometer we realized that all of them are extremely inaccurate, and their readings cannot be used to diagnose cardiac diseases. 

The necessary precision is available only when home medical devices are used, but with a dramatic increase in costs and complexity of use. Cardiia, on the contrary, is the only solution that is both affordable, easy to use and accurate, thanks to its video analysis algorithms that increase dramatically the precision of camera readings.

 

We have a team of international experts with professionals from United States, Italy, Poland, Albania and Croatia. The team is made up by both IT specialists and academic researchers. 

My name is Fabio Rebecchi, I am Cardiia's founder and I have a background in Physics, Medicinal Chemistry and IT. 

Learn More HERE - Linkedin | Fabio Rebecchi

Our management is made up of senior entrepreneurs, with international experience in software project management and startups. 

The technical team is a mix of expert software developers and of academic researchers from US, Italy, Poland, Albania and Croatia, with the right combination of mobile development (Android, IOS) and applied mathematics skills.

According to the roadmap, we will deliver the app to the Kickstarter Community before the 1st of January 2018. 

The project started on the 16th of July, 2016. The first tests on real patients were carried out in January 2017. We are now fine tuning the algorithms and performing further tests in order to add as many diagnostic functionalities as possible. The app will be available, as an early access, to all Kickstarter pledgers before than the 1st of January 2018.

If our campaign is very successful we will be able to invest more funds in our research to develop extra features enabling Cardiia to detect the following diseases:

  • Atrial Flutter
  • Brachycardia
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Premature Ventricular Contractions
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Premature Supraventricular Contractions
  • Hypertension
  • Arteriosclerosis 

All these extra features will be available to users as soon as they are ready, without any extra cost. We offer packages for Medical Doctors too that offer the opportunity to manage multiple licenses and monitor the data of the patients using the app on a dedicated web application.

Future Plans 

Our latest researches show that the same mathematical tools used for detection of cardiac diseases could be used in conjunction to other smartphone sensors, as the microphone or the motion sensor, to diagnose respiratory pathologies and the onset of Parkinson's disease. So after adding to the app all the possible diagnostic capabilities in the field of cardiac diseases we will start researching about non cardiac diseases. 

Thank you! 

Thank you so much for supporting this project. I started out working on this as something I wanted for my dad and for my family in general, but soon I became aware of how it's going to be a useful tool for everyone who needs cardiac prevention. Your support makes it possible. Backing us you get both the Cardiia app and become a contributor to an exceptionally promising project in the field of digital health. 

 Thank you!

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." (Proverbs 4:23)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

        

 

 

 

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Risks and challenges

Developing new software is always a challenge, and it's a hard task to estimate how long it will take.

This is why we developed the Cardiia engine and we did the tests on real patients before bringing the app to Kickstarter, so to solve in advance the greatest technical issues.

At this point, we feel confident that the app is going to work and achieve the basic goal of detecting atrial fibrillation and arrhythmia with high precision, and that in general it will be a good app compliant to the market standards.

Receiving enough funds we will be able to scale the team and develop features detecting other diseases too.

We have yet to build the Apple version of the video analysis and machine learning libraries, but learning from previous experiences we have designed the code to be as cross-platform as possible. So building the iOS app should require a minimum of new code.

We have still to build a nice user interface too, but this is a standard activity that is quite easy to estimate and we have ample room in the schedule to account for this too.

Those are the risks and challenges as we see them, the core is built already and we have plenty of time to finish the interfaces and the porting onto iOS.

We hope you're willing to back the project and support its final development, and we really appreciate your help in making this happen.

Thank you!

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    Pledge €10 or more About US$ 12

    Free Premium Version of the App

    For just €10 ($12) the App is yours! + Updates + Choice between iOS and Android + OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE FOR SPREADING CARDIAC DISEASE PREVENTION!
    One free app download either iOS or Android version. Backer will be cited as Supporter on the Cardiia webpage: www.cardiia.com and receive a Supporter Certificate via email.

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    • Supporter Certificate via email
    • Free Cardiia App Download
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    Gold Supporter

    Backer will be cited as Gold Supporter on the Cardiia webpage: www.cardiia.com, and will receive a Gold Supporter Certificate via email.
    Two free downloads of the Cardiia App will be available too in January 2018, each download having a separate license and compatible with either iOS or Android.

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    Platinum Supporter

    Backer will be cited as Platinum Supporter on the Cardiia webpage: www.cardiia.com, and will receive a Platinum Supporter Certificate via email.
    Four free downloads of the Cardiia App will be available too in January 2018, each download having a separate license and compatible with either iOS or Android.

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    Iridium Supporter

    Backer will be cited as Iridium Supporter on the Cardiia webpage: www.cardiia.com, and will receive an Iridium Supporter Certificate via email.
    Six free downloads of the Cardiia App will be available too in January 2018, each download having a separate license and compatible with either iOS or Android.
    One man or woman Cardiia shirt will be shipped free of shipping charges.

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    Pledge €500 or more About US$ 554

    Medical Doctor Base Pack

    Backer will be cited as Iridium Supporter on the Cardiia webpage: www.cardiia.com, and will receive an Iridium Supporter Certificate via email.
    Fifty free downloads of the Cardiia App will be available too in January 2018, each download having a separate license and compatible with either iOS or Android.
    One man or woman Cardiia shirt will be shipped free of shipping charges.
    A dedicated web application will allow the Doctor to monitor the health stats of the patients using the Apps, with email notification of possible diseases.

    Includes:
    • 50× Free Cardiia App Download
    • Cardiia T-Shirt
    • Citation on Cardiia website
    • Supporter Certificate via email
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    Pledge €2,500 or more About US$ 2,770

    Medical Doctor Intermediate Pack

    Backer will be cited as Iridium Supporter on the Cardiia webpage: www.cardiia.com, and will receive an Iridium Supporter Certificate via email.
    Three hundred free downloads of the Cardiia App will be available too in January 2018, each download having a separate license and compatible with either iOS or Android.
    One man or woman Cardiia shirt will be shipped free of shipping charges.
    A dedicated web application will allow the Doctor to monitor the health stats of the patients using the Apps, with email notification of possible diseases.

    Includes:
    • 300× Free Cardiia App Download
    • Cardiia T-Shirt
    • Citation on Cardiia website
    • Supporter Certificate via email
    • Dedicated Web Application monitoring the patients using the App.
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    Pledge €5,000 or more About US$ 5,539

    Medical Doctor Advanced Pack

    Backer will be cited as Iridium Supporter on the Cardiia webpage: www.cardiia.com, and will receive an Iridium Supporter Certificate via email.
    One thousand free downloads of the Cardiia App will be available too in January 2018, each download having a separate license and compatible with either iOS or Android.
    One man or woman Cardiia shirt will be shipped free of shipping charges.
    A dedicated web application will allow the Doctor to monitor the health stats of the patients using the Apps, with email notification of possible diseases.

    Includes:
    • 1000× Free Cardiia App Download
    • Cardiia T-Shirt
    • Citation on Cardiia website
    • Supporter Certificate via email
    • Dedicated Web Application monitoring the patients using the App.
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    Pledge €1 or more About US$ 2

    Free Premium Version of the App

    For just €1 ($1.2) the App is yours! + Updates + Choice between iOS and Android + OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE FOR SPREADING CARDIAC DISEASE PREVENTION!
    One free app download either iOS or Android version. Backer will be cited as Supporter on the Cardiia webpage: www.cardiia.com and receive a Supporter Certificate via email.
    Reward available for first 100 backers only!

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    • Supporter Certificate via email
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    Free Premium Version of the App

    For just €2 ($2.4) the App is yours! + Updates + Choice between iOS and Android + OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE FOR SPREADING CARDIAC DISEASE PREVENTION!
    One free app download either iOS or Android version. Backer will be cited as Supporter on the Cardiia webpage: www.cardiia.com and receive a Supporter Certificate via email.
    Reward available for 100 backers only!

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    • Supporter Certificate via email
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    Free Premium Version of the App

    For just €3 ($3.6) the App is yours! + Updates + Choice between iOS and Android + OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE FOR SPREADING CARDIAC DISEASE PREVENTION!
    One free app download either iOS or Android version. Backer will be cited as Supporter on the Cardiia webpage: www.cardiia.com and receive a Supporter Certificate via email.
    Reward available for 100 backers only!

    Includes:
    • Citation on Cardiia website
    • Supporter Certificate via email
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    Free Premium Version of the App

    For just €4 ($4.8) the App is yours! + Updates + Choice between iOS and Android + OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE FOR SPREADING CARDIAC DISEASE PREVENTION!
    One free app download either iOS or Android version. Backer will be cited as Supporter on the Cardiia webpage: www.cardiia.com and receive a Supporter Certificate via email.
    Reward available for 100 backers only!

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    Free Premium Version of the App

    For just €5 ($6) the App is yours! + Updates + Choice between iOS and Android + OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE FOR SPREADING CARDIAC DISEASE PREVENTION!
    One free app download either iOS or Android version. Backer will be cited as Supporter on the Cardiia webpage: www.cardiia.com and receive a Supporter Certificate via email.
    Reward available for 100 backers only!

    Includes:
    • Citation on Cardiia website
    • Supporter Certificate via email
    • Free Cardiia App Download
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    Free Premium Version of the App

    For just €7 ($8.4) the App is yours! + Updates + Choice between iOS and Android + OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE FOR SPREADING CARDIAC DISEASE PREVENTION!
    One free app download either iOS or Android version. Backer will be cited as Supporter on the Cardiia webpage: www.cardiia.com and receive a Supporter Certificate via email.
    Reward available for 100 backers only!

    Includes:
    • Citation on Cardiia website
    • Supporter Certificate via email
    • Free Cardiia App Download
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