blood pressure

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...
By Jonah Comstock May 28, 2015
Gamified medication adherence app maker Mango Health is moving beyond medications, using a new Google Fit integration to add tracking of blood pressure and weight, as well as activity tracking, into its app, the company announced today. "From a patient or consumer’s perspective in the app, it leverages the existing paradigm around reminders, which we think is a very effective way to begin...
By Jonah Comstock February 17, 2015
When Apple finally announced the Apple Watch smartwatch last October, many in the healthcare space were a little underwhelmed. The killer health device that a slew of recent hires had led us to expect was nowhere to be seen, with Apple opting instead for a flashy device that doesn't track any more than what available fitness trackers already cover. The Wall Street Journal published a report that...
By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2014
According to a report from Reuters, two more large hospitals are embarking on pilots with Apple's HealthKit: Stanford University Medical Center and Duke University Hospital. Stanford is using the technology to track blood sugar in children with diabetes, while Duke will be tracking blood pressure and weight for patients with cancer and heart conditions. Apple appears to be working with a large...
By Jonah Comstock October 11, 2013
Sotera Wireless has received yet another FDA 510(k) clearance for its ViSi remote patient monitoring system, this time for its novel continuous noninvasive blood pressure (cNIBP) monitoring software. The technology, which enables continuous blood pressure monitoring without a cuff or catheter, has been part of Sotera's pitch from the beginning, but was not included in the company's April 2012...
By Brian Dolan November 1, 2012
Feedback loops. That's the focus that some of the highest profile consumer health startups have taken in recent years. Making scales smarter by pairing them with smartphone apps, using smartphone camera's to track eating habits or to measure vital signs, pairing wireless-enabled pedometers with smarter software, all hope to create tighter and more effective feedback loops with an eye on health...
By Brian Dolan May 3, 2010
InMedica: By 2013, the global combined unit shipments of home-use digital blood-glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, weight scales, pulse oximeters and peak flow meters used in telehealth applications will grow to more than 1.6 million. Shipment of health hubs will also hit 400,000, bringing the total shipments of telehealth devices to about 2 million by 2013. InMedica notes that the current...