iHealth is bringing iOS devices to the healthcare industry with its new blood pressure monitoring system.
The system works by docking your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch on iHealth’s portable dock, which is attached to a monitoring cuff. Using the accompanying app, you can organize your current and past test results into charts or graphs and share that information with others – including your doctor.
A recent iHealth press release explains that monitoring your own blood pressure at home can be more accurate and reliable than doing so during doctor visits due to “white coat syndrome.” Basically, up to 20 per cent of patients get nervous during check-ups, causing blood pressure to spike.
Yi Liu, CEO of iHealth Lab Inc., wrote in the release that “by identifying how your daily life affects your vitals like blood pressure and heart rate, we believe our product can enable more people to be more proactive about their personal healthcare.
What’s more, a recent report from Kaiser Permanente found that patients using home monitoring were 50 per cent more likely to have their blood pressure under control.
“Doing home monitoring of blood pressure is something I encourage with all my patients, whether they have a history of hypertension or not,” writes Dr. Andrew Brandeis, a practicing physician at Care Practice in San Francisco. “Regularly monitoring blood pressure in a relaxed, consistent setting, gives users the most reliable information on the status of their health, and encourages them to make lifestyle changes in real time.”
While the app is a free download from the App Store, the cuff and dock cost $99.95 at Apple retail stores, as well as online at Apple.com and iHealth99.com.
iHealth Launches Breakthrough Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring System for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
Joint hardware and app solution lets users test, track, and graph their blood pressure from home
2011 International CES
LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–iHealth Lab Inc., a pioneering designer and manufacturer of digital personal healthcare products, today announced the launch of the iHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Comprised of a hardware dock, blood pressure arm cuff and iHealth App, this breakthrough product lets users self-monitor their blood pressure from the convenience of their home, and share the results with friends, family and most importantly, their doctor.
“Regularly monitoring blood pressure in a relaxed, consistent setting gives users the most reliable information on the status of their cardiovascular health”
A recent report from Kaiser Permanente found that patients doing self-monitoring of their vitals were 50 percent more likely to have their blood pressure under control.
“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.”
How It Works
The iHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System lets users measure and track their blood pressure and heart rate from the convenience of their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The system comes with a blood pressure arm cuff and a portable, battery-powered dock allowing for quick and easy set up. The dock also doubles as a charging station for all three iOS devices.
The companion iHealth App includes an easy-to-use interface with data and graphics that allow the user to view their blood pressure numbers, track them over time, and run reports. Users can easily access previously recorded data sets, view patterns by date and time of day and create custom graphs and charts. Users can also instantaneously share the results with their doctor, or loved ones.
“Regularly monitoring blood pressure in a relaxed, consistent setting gives users the most reliable information on the status of their cardiovascular health,” said Dr. Andrew Brandeis, a practicing physician at Care Practice in San Francisco. “More important, iHealth — for the first time — reveals trends and fluctuations in the data and enables the user to easily share the information with their doctor.”
Availability, Compatibility and Price
The iHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System (battery-powered docking station and blood pressure arm cuff) is available for $99.95 from iHealth99.com.
The companion iHealth App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, or at www.iTunes.com/AppStore.