While many apps offer the ability to manually input blood pressure measurements, the growing collection of fully connected blood pressure cuffs can help even further reduce the time and effort patients must invest into self-monitoring of their blood pressure.
And experience shared by the Partners Center for Connected Health supports our intuitive expectation that the easier we make something for patients, the more likely they are to do it (1).
We recently published the results of our extensive literature review to try to identify evidence-based features that clinicians and patients should look for in apps intended for the self-management of hypertension.
Here, we set out to find all of the available arm blood pressure cuffs that incorporate wireless connectivity.
We searched Google and Amazon for blood pressure cuffs that fit the following criteria:
- Ability to view data on mobile devices
- Wireless, automated transfer of data from the blood pressure cuff
- Upper arm blood pressure cuff
- Available for direct purchase by patients in the United States
We then collected information on the price and specific type of connectivity. We also verify that the device is FDA cleared and determined what, if any, independent validation testing the device had undergone (2).
Here, we’ll share a list of devices that healthcare professionals can consider prescribing to their patients in their practice. After we go through the devices, our summary breaks down aspects of the various devices that make an individual product more or less appropriate for different types of patients.
Withings Blood Pressure Monitor
The Withings Blood Pressure Monitor was one of the early entrants into this field. A few years back, we did a head to head comparison with the blood pressure cuff from iHealth. This BP cuff works by connecting to an iPhone or iPad via the standard 30-pin or 8-pin connectors used by these devices. It can also connect via Bluetooth to either iOS or Android devices. Users then control the cuff (i.e. starting a measurement) from within the app itself. Measured blood pressures are displayed and tracked within the app.
- Compatibility: iOS and Android
- Native App: Yes, Withings Health Mate
- Third-Party Integration: Extensive integration with third party services is a strength – the full list is available here. Among them are popular personal health management tools like Tactio, MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper, HealthVault, and LoseIt. In addition, there is a native app for both iOS and Android.
- FDA Cleared: Yes
- Validated: Unable to verify
- Cuff Information: Single cuff size fits arm circumferences 22 – 42 cm.
- Multiple Users: Allowed with no specified limit on total number.
- Price: $129.95
Find more information about the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor here.