David C. Albert is an Oklahoma City-based cardiologist, inventor and the founder of three tech companies. His latest venture, which he started at age 56, sells a product that has caught the attention of many in the health care industry.
The AliveCor System turns a smartphone into a portable, clinical-quality heart monitor. As explained in this recent piece by syndicated columnist Froma Harrop, Albert’s invention allows a user to attach a box to a smartphone, place the phone on his or her chest and send the EKG results to a doctor or cardiac technician via an app. The recipient can review the results in a matter of minutes.
The device may have saved the life of an airline passenger who had discomfort in the middle of a flight. The pilot made an emergency landing after a doctor on board used the AliveCor box and app to determine that the man was having a heart attack.
Harrop reports on AliveCor as part of a larger look at whether an aging population may be good for economic growth. The story cites Kauffman Foundation statistics that show the typical entrepreneur is more likely to be over 45 rather than under 30.
Albert concurs with those numbers. “In health care, there are no 25-year-old entrepreneurs,” he told Harrop. “You are more likely to be in your 40s or 50s.”
And apparently he has no intention of throwing in the towel anytime soon. “I’m pretty sure that I haven’t started my last company,” he said.