Apple selling blood pressure cuff for iPhone & iPad in their online Store

Apple is now featuring the $99 iHealth blood pressure medical peripheral in their online store. The device is present on the home screen of Apple’s online store, and is currently picked as a “staff favorite”.  The iHealth blood pressure cuff was one of the most talked about products at CES — and we wrote an in depth piece explaining why the product was overhyped.

In our feature, we actually praised the device, and didn’t dismiss it’s potential — but we stated several reasons why we thought the blood pressure peripheral was overhyped.  We didn’t think they were transformative or revolutionary, as some in the media made them appear, and felt they were great for a niche group, but from a populations based approach — would not have a significant public health impact.

With that said, it’s great to see the iHealth peripheral being featured in the Apple online store.  Just being on the Apple website will give this medical peripheral a significant amount of exposure, and with Apple taking special note of this health peripheral, it could pave the way for other health peripherals that would have significant more utility (e.g. glucose monitors).

Although we don’t foresee people who are not compliant with checking their blood pressures all of a sudden becoming compliant because of this device, the iHealth medical peripheral does offer those who already check their blood pressures with standalone devices an innovative alternative to track their health.

Of note, there was also another iOS device blood pressure peripheral announced at CES by Withings — a rather aesthetically advanced one at that (above picture) — but currently Withings has not started selling the device.


Iltifat Husain, MD

Founder, Editor-in-Chief of Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Mobile App curriculum at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is also the founder of iPrescribeApps, a platform for prescribing apps to patients. Dr. Husain has given lectures on digital medicine globally. He went to North Carolina State University for undergrad and went to medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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6 Responses to Apple selling blood pressure cuff for iPhone & iPad in their online Store

  1. medgeek March 4, 2011 at 5:39 am #

    As the wifi-connected weight scales… No doubt they are tech-geeky gadgets. I am skeptical though on their cost-benefit advantage. Maybe when all health records will be digital, automatic sync will make them great time efficient solutions.

    • Iltifat Husain March 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

      Agree with some of your points, hence why we stated they were a bit over rated.

  2. Olga Brunner August 11, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    As a geriatric care manager who manages health needs for the elderly, I see a very valuable application in this product and its ability to synchronize, chart, and pull up information needed by my client’s doctors. Something all of us in this industry should look at purchasing.

  3. Brian T. September 21, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    “To bad they didn’t build a wrist-cuff blood pressure device for half the price of this
    $100 one. I’d buy it then. To much money to spend, when I can buy one at $20-$30.”

    • Rey C. December 31, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

      From my primary care physician to a heart specialist, every doctor I’ve dealt with over the past 5 years has told me that wrist/cuff blood pressure monitors are inaccurate wastes of money… at any price.

      Right now I’m looking for a device which will not just monitor blood pressure and pulse rate, but also oxygen level – weight would be nice too, but not a must. As this piece was written over a year ago, I’m hoping that some sort of device is now being made for an iPad or some other tablet. As long as it works, is accurate and allows remote access of the data, I don’t care what platform it uses.

  4. tom arnall December 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    what about just adding a bluetooth feature to existing device?

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