blood pressure

By Dave Muoio April 10, 2019
A study published last month in JMIR Cardio demonstrated significant systolic and diastolic blood pressure reductions in hypertension patients who received a mobile app-based behavior change intervention. The investigation examined Better Therapeutics’ candidate digital therapeutic for cardiovascular disease, a daily-use app that encourages users to set and record their progress toward...
By Jonah Comstock March 21, 2019
This article has been updated with a new photo and additional information from Omron. Omron has apparently finally received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Blood Pressure Monitor + EKG device, which was originally announced in January 2018 at CES. The device was created in partnership with AliveCor. This is a separate product from Omron's HeartGuide watch, which also incorporates AliveCor ECG...
By Jonah Comstock March 18, 2019
At the American College of Cardiology this past weekend, chronic disease management platform Livongo reported on six-month results from its first major study of its hypertension management platform, which is already in use with many of its customers. The study looked at 708 individuals with both diabetes and hypertension. Patients whose blood pressure was higher than 130/80 mm Hg saw their...
By Dave Muoio December 20, 2018
This morning, Omron Healthcare announced that the HeartGuide wristwatch — a wearable oscillometric wrist blood pressure monitor unveiled earlier this year at CES 2018 — has received FDA clearance and will be available at retail on January 9, 2019. The device is currently available for preorder for $499. The key feature of the product is a flexible synthetic band that is designed to inflate and...
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...