Dr. Igorn Kovic from Croatia has recently started the Open ECG Project to fulfill the following need:
The importance of having such a(n open source) diagnostic tool readily available is further emphasized by the fact that we are facing a global heart disease epidemic and that these diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in most countries of the world. Unfortunately, ECGs can be quite expensive and not all medical facilities or doctors can afford them. This is especially true for those living and working in countries of the Third World, but not just them.This is a great idea. Further, the concept of using a wiki to engineer low-cost medical solutions for the Third World has interesting appeal.
If this project fulfills its purpose such people could build their own affordable, safe and clinically useful ECGs or have someone else do it for them. Since the solution would be open and free, interested companies could start producing and selling it for a more competitive price than those of commercially available products on the market today.
Here's a shout-out to Igor to wish him the best in his efforts!