D-Heart biomedical was founded in 2015, by Nicolò Briante and Niccolò Maurizi, at the time two young students in the interdisciplinary environment of the Almo Collegio Borromeo of Pavia. Maurizi is a young doctor researcher in cardiology at the University of Florence. When he was sixteen, Maurizi was hit by a myocardial infarction. He decided to become a doctor and transform his problem into an opportunity. Thanks to the help and business expertise of his roommate, Briante, they created D-Heart, the first smartphone ECG device that combines the usability required by the patient and reliability of the ECG wanted by the doctor.
The greatest limitation of homecare ECG devices up to now, is obtaining reliable information for the doctors from cumbersome and unfriendly devices. Particularly, challenging cable uncoiling and the placement of electrodes in specific points were the main challenges. With D-Heart, thanks to its innovative easy technology, it solves both these problems. Users can wind up all the cables at once, or one at a time, and in any order, with intuitive positioning given by the cable exit direction from the device.
The D-Heart App downloadable on smart devices also shows the patient’s own chest with electrodes placed to aid further simplicity and reliability. The result is to have a device as reliable as the one present in your doctor’s office, always with you and ready to be used. The user can rely on the 24/7 tele-cardiology service to get results quickly. The device comes in a protective case with a wireless charging station. Everything from the device, the App and packaging is designed and share the same design principle that reflects the D-Heart brand: simplicity meets reliability.
D-Heart is the winner of 9 competitions in various fields, from healthcare innovation awards to Start up competitions. Some include: Vodafone Foundation (Think for Social competition March 2016), BNP Paribas Cardiff (Best Solution for healthcare insurances 2016), Berkeley University (Global Social Venture Competition 2017), Italian Society of Cardiology (Best Abstract 2017) have awarded and recognized the value of D Heart’s innovation. D-Heart won the award Compasso d'Oro 2020 for best designed medical device.