New device allows you to assess BP with iPhone

h/t Ubergizmo

A new device by Withings will allow you to plug a BP cuff directly into an iPhone, iTouch or iPad. This could be very good for millions of people in the world who suffer from high blood pressure.

See YouTube video HERE.

We recently reported on the iCard ECG that will allow patients to monitor their own electrocardiogram with an iPhone, iTouch, iPad, Droid or Tablet. 

See YouTube video HERE.

Other devices like the iBGStar turn the iPhone into a blood glucose monitor. 

See video HERE.


You could imagine a scenario where a physician (or other health care provider) could work in a very remote region of the World and assess blood pressure, an electrocardiogram and blood glucose with a very small kit.

It also seems obvious that people with a history of high blood pressure, heart rhythm disorders and diabetes will be able to track their medical condition much more effectively and without much regard to location.

We're on the verge of a new era of mobile health (also referred to as mHealth).

The Wikipedia defines mHealth this way:

mHealth (also written as m-health or mobile health) is a term used for the practice of medical and public health, supported by mobile devices. The term is most commonly used in reference to using mobile communication devices, such as mobile phones and PDAs, for health services and information. The mHealth field has emerged as a sub-segment of eHealth, the use of information and communication technology (ICT), such as computers, mobile phones, communications satellite, patient monitors, etc., for health services and information. mHealth applications include the use of mobile devices in collecting community and clinical health data, delivery of healthcare information to practitioners, researchers, and patients, real-time monitoring of patient vital signs, and direct provision of care (via mobile telemedicine).

There's a lot of hype out there with regard to mobile health and many of the apps are completely delusional. However, apps that convert smartphones into medical devices are, in my view, simply awesome! 

Keep up with the latest trends in mHealth by following the mHealth page on Facebook and the Wireless Health group at LinkedIn.


  • Scott says:

    Companies developing this hardware need to get together, share their API/Protocols, and develop a single app to draw all of this hardware into one centralized application. Switching from app to app without any way of recording on a per-patient basis will make these useful for the individual user, but miss out on the bigger picture. (iPad + some hardware = low cost patient monitor?)

  • Chris says:

    I'm assuming the iCard uses Bluetooth to communicate with the iOs or Android, how about those of us who prefer our Blackberry? I'm with Scott, these companies need to develop their software to work across all three major developers, and communicate across all platforms. Alright developers, you have your task.

  • David Donovan says:

    Way cool. Bring it on. Add a Doplar while your at it.

  • NYCMedic says:

    The iphone could be great as a monitoring tool (ipad i think would be better suited), but really… what's the point for a professional provider to use it for BGL and BP checks? If the iPhone dies, then you lose both tools. A manual BP cuff is much better for a rugged environment and a standard glucometer also would seem more reliable, and just as compact. I can see some uses for these types of solutions, ECG monitoring is for sure a good one, along with ultrasound/doppler, but a BP cuff seems like a novelty (who really needs to be able to check their BP at any time when they are out and about? and how accurate is it?), and the glucometer primarily useful for consumers, not professionals.

  • Sash says:

    amazing.Bring it on. Add a Doplar while your at it.
    i really like it
    .thanks dr.

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