blood pressure

By Jonah Comstock June 11, 2018
A patent application filed by Apple, for a (possibly Bluetooth-connected) wearable blood pressure monitor, became public last week and was brought to light by The Verge.  The application is interesting for how uninteresting it is: though it's very broad, what it describes seems to be a slight tweak on the standard-of-care inflatable blood pressure cuff, built into a wearable that might be smaller...
By Laura Lovett May 22, 2018
In the past checking your blood pressure generally meant a trip to the doctor's office—or at least a pharmacy. But that could be changing.  This morning Neuchatel Switzerland-based startup aktiia launched with the goal of commercializing a continuous blood pressure monitoring bracelet. The technology has been years in the making. In fact, the new startup is a spinout of CSEM, a Swiss research and...
By Jonah Comstock April 19, 2018
A recently published study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is a better predictor of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality than just monitoring blood pressure in the clinic. While the results may not be surprising, they are important validation for the growing field of remote patient monitoring, which generally holds that monitoring...
By Laura Lovett February 26, 2018
Samsung’s latest phones, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, will incorporate a new digital health app that will track users' blood pressure and stress level while helping researchers collect data. Seoul-based Samsung Electronics teamed up with the University of California San Fransisco to develop the research app, called My BP Lab.  “At Samsung, we have a firm commitment to the health and well-being of our...
By Dave Muoio September 15, 2017
Update: This story has been updated to include additional quotes from the study's researchers. Heart disease patients visiting mobile health clinics outfitted with pocket-sized, smartphone-connected ECGs and other point-of-care medical devices are more quickly referred for therapy, and less frequently experience hospitalization or death. According to a recent study, published in the Journal of...
By Jack McCarthy December 21, 2016
New research shows that automated health tracking using connected devices and apps can improve long-term engagement in health activities, compared with manual tracking. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, examined utilization patterns of participants in Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices (BRhc), a self-monitoring program that allows members to track health...
By Jonah Comstock July 11, 2016
New data out of Ontario, Canada suggests that blood pressure home monitoring without any kind of feedback loop about the readings, can lead to an unnecessary strain on the healthcare system. In the study, published last week in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, an analysis of more than 200,000 emergency room visits across 180 sites showed a 64 percent increase in emergency room visits for...
By Jonah Comstock November 10, 2015
Dr. John Sotos, a cardiologist and worldwide medical director at Intel, thinks mobile health is the key to defeating what he calls "the worst disease in the world". "The worst disease in the world is hypertension," he said at the HIMSS Connected Health Conference. "And that may seem surprising but it’s quantifiably true. It’s responsible for over half of the fatal strokes in the world, over half...
By Jonah Comstock November 3, 2015
iHealth Lab has commercially launched a new version of its smartphone-connected blood pressure monitor, one that will run patients just $39.99. iHealth's two existing blood pressure monitoring options cost $79.95 and $99.95 respectively. The new device, called iHealth Ease, uses a traditional upper-arm cuff and a docking cradle. It measures the user's blood pressure three times and then averages...
By Jonah Comstock August 12, 2015
Example of a connected blood pressure device from iHealth. If 45 percent of patients with hypertension are already measuring blood pressure at home, and an increasing number of patients now have access to communication with their doctors via a secure patient portal, does it make sense for patients to be reporting their blood pressure numbers via the portal? This is the question the Mayo Clinic...

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