While at CES 2013, I spent some time in the iHealth booth talking to one of the reps there, Adam, about the wireless blood pressure monitor they have, that integrates with an iPhone or iPad via their iOS app. Adam tells us a little about this device.
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iHealth Blood Pressure Monitor
Adam told me it’s an FDA-approved product. The iHealth Blood Pressure device shown is actually their second generation of that product. The first one is actually a docking device. This one being wireless, with Bluetooth, they are not only going to be Apple iOS, they can actually can go to other platforms as well. This could be used in health care applications where a nurse might use it to integrate with a tablet but it’s a great tool for mom and dad or other members of the family to monitor our blood pressure quickly and easily using devices we are already using.
This is for consumer health. We have a really simple application that you download for free and basically once you put on the blood pressure device itself, apply it, take the measurement, it goes to the application. That application comes with a free cloud service as well. With the cloud service you can pretty much mirror exactly what you’re doing on the application itself.Cloud Health Tracking
The beauty of the cloud is that if something happens to your device, your data is not lost. So it’s restored. In addition, because they’re partnering with many third-party healthcare services, this allows the iHealth BP cuff to integrate with other parties as well. That integration means if your doctor wanted to access your health record information and you’re monitoring the blood pressure daily, they could do that without having you come into the office.
The iHealth Blood Pressure Cuff and other iHealth devices are currently at many retail outlets. They are available with Apple and Best Buy now and they’re going to be rolling out to other retailers as well, such as Walgreens and other health and big box retailers. For this particular device, this is the full arm-based blood pressure monitor, so this one is actually $99.00 retail. IHealth also has a wrist monitor that came out recently and that’s $79.00.
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