iHealth, a company that develops mobile personal healthcare products, is now making available its new wireless blood pressure wrist monitor.
The device attaches at the wrist using a small cuff and uses the oscillometric principle to measure systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as pulse rate. The wrist monitor also has motion sensors to detect the optimal wrist position to help users accurately take their blood pressure readings. It received both FDA clearance in U.S. as well as CE Mark approval in Europe.
The monitor works with the free iHealth MyVitals mobile app that has tools to help individuals not only measure and track blood pressure readings, heart rate, pulse wave and measurement time, but also to create dynamic charts to track progress and compare their results against historical averages, as well as World Health Organization (WHO) classifications. Results can also be instantly shared with doctors, without the need for a doctor visit. This product is a great example of how mobile technology can simplify healthcare delivery, get users to play a more active role in their well being, and help reduce the costs involved.
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Gaurav Krishnamurthy, Ph.D. is a Senior R&D engineer at a Bay Area based medical device company. Gaurav has a strong passion for medical device innovation and is interested in disruptive medical technologies that not only solve an unmet clinical need, but also bring down the cost of healthcare. Gaurav closely follows medical device trends in emerging markets and is fascinated by simple and inexpensive solutions to major healthcare problems.
Gaurav earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University where he developed state of the art computational models of beating heart valves that can be used to design and test heart valve prosthetics. Gaurav was a Medtronic BioX Fellow at Stanford University.