BRISBANE, Calif., July 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Legend Health, the leader in using AI and services to improve heart ultrasound access, today announced that it has received a CE Mark for its Caption AI™ technology platform. This certification represents the first step in making Legend Health's industry-leading technology platform available outside the US, and highlights the company's strong clinical and regulatory track record as it uses AI and ultrasound to deliver better cardiac care.
"Our technology harnesses the power of ultrasound and allows diagnostic images to be acquired wherever the patient may be. Earlier detection of cardiac issues allows us to impact the course of disease and improve outcomes," said Randolph P. Martin, FACC, FASE, FESC, Chief Medical Officer of Legend Health. "This is a big step forward in improving access and addressing the significant unmet need stemming from the increasing global burden of cardiovascular diseases like heart failure and valvular heart disease."
According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year. Identifying those at highest risk and ensuring they receive appropriate treatment can prevent premature deaths. But access to ultrasound is limited; for example, a 2021 report by NHS England showed U.K. patients in need of a non-obstetric ultrasound waited longer than for any other diagnostic test, and nearly 20% waited six weeks or more1. NHS also estimates that although cardiovascular disease (CVD) causes a quarter of all deaths, it's the biggest area to mitigate morbidity and mortality over the coming decade, starting with early detection.
Legend Health is making earlier cardiac care accessible wherever patients are, utilizing the Caption AI platform to provide a convenient, cost-effective solution for cardiac ultrasound, the primary tool for assessing heart failure. But before the platform became widely available, patients could only be diagnosed after trained sonographers performed an ultrasound in a hospital or specialized setting – typically after the onset of symptoms. Today, it can be used at scale to detect signs of heart failure in at-risk patients in doctors' offices and even at home, helping to prevent avoidable hospitalizations and support improved clinical outcomes.
Caption AI enables medical staff to obtain quick, easy, and accurate assessments of cardiac function and ejection fraction wherever patients are, and has been widely available in the U.S. since it received FDA 510(k) clearance in 2020. Left ventricular ejection fraction is one of the most widely used cardiac measurements and is a key indicator in the assessment of cardiac function across a spectrum of cardiovascular conditions.
Medical devices and software require the CE Mark for clinical applications in several key regions including the UK and EU. "Our platform is one of the first AI-based ultrasound products to obtain a CE Mark through the robust and comprehensive European Medical Device Regulation (EU MDR) process. Our strong clinical foundation facilitated a seamless pathway towards certification through the EU MDR clinical evaluation requirements," commented Tahir Rizvi, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Legend Health. "This milestone will help us address the increasing global burden of disease from conditions such as heart failure, valvular heart disease, and coronary artery disease."
About Legend Health
Legend Health has developed the AI platform that enables heart ultrasound access for early disease detection – when there is the highest potential for impact. The company's Caption Care services offer health providers, payers, and value-based care organizations convenient and cost-effective echos for their members, leveraging its Caption AI technology platform. In 2021, Legend Health was recognized as one of TIME's 100 Best Inventions and a winner of Fast Company's Next Big Things in Tech for health. Legend Health's platform is used at leading hospitals, clinics, and physician organizations, and is cited in several peer-reviewed journals including JAMA Cardiology and Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. For more information, visit Legend Health.com.