iHealth Lab, which announced the iHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System for iPhone today, expects to have the blood pressure arm cuff and iPhone docking station peripheral on Apple Store shelves in the coming weeks. iHealth's offering includes a battery-powered hardware dock, blood pressure arm cuff and a corresponding app. iHealth enables users to self-monitor their blood pressure at home and share the results with friends, family or care providers. The system works with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The app helps users view their blood pressure numbers, track the trend and run reports. iHealth plans to create a suite of personal healthcare devices for Apple devices.
“Empowering people to manage their personal healthcare is our passion," said Yi Liu, CEO, iHealth Lab. “The future of health management starts with the individual. By identifying how daily activities affect one's vitals like blood pressure and heart rate, people can be more proactive about their personal healthcare.”
While the iHealth app is free, the blood pressure arm cuff and corresponding docking station is currently available at iHealth99.com for $99.95. No official announcement has been made on whether or when the device will hit Apple Store shelves or if the price will change if and when it does. If iHealth succeeds in grabbing shelf space, it would be the first health-related device in Apple Stores. According to a blog post over at Forbes, iHealth's parent company is Andon Health, a Chinese company that develops conventional blood pressure monitors found in drug stores.