Working with your physician and care team
From the history tab, you can share the data via email. You can individually pick which measurements you want to share – so you can share, say, one week of data after a medication change. There’s also an option to share 3 months of data. What’s lacking here is the ability to share a date range, which would be far less tedious than checking all those boxes one by one. The data is shared as a basic .CSV file – there’s no summary table to facilitate a quick overview – hopefully that’s coming in the next version of the app.
In addition, the app is integrated with HealthKit. As options for getting data from HealthKit into EHRs grow, that will be an increasingly important feature to facilitate patients & physicians working together.
As we’ve highlighted before, independent validation of accuracy is a critical consideration in selecting a blood pressure monitor. This took a bit of digging but this monitor, the BP786, is listed as equivalent to the M6 Comfort by the dabl Educational Trust; that device was validated using the European Society of of Hypertension protocol. The main difference, aside from aesthetic and data storage changes, is a change in the type of pressure transducer used in the monitor. According to Omron, that component change would not affect blood pressure measurement. Additionally, the same transducer is used in the BP760N, making it more or less the same as the BP786 in terms of how it measures blood pressure. The BP760N was validated against the ANSI/AAMI/ISO standards which are even more rigorous than the ESH standards. Long story short, this device does appear to be independently validated against international standards.
Otherwise, as far as features go, the app is pretty limited. There is no integration with third party apps, no ability to review other data (step count, weight, etc), no medication tracker, and no reminder functionality. The latter two in particular are important deficiencies that I hope will be addressed in future versions of the app.
There is a help section that includes guidance on how to properly measure your blood pressure. While nice to have that users, would probably be better served seeing that information actively displayed when checking their blood pressure rather than having to dig into the app to find it.
Overall, the Omron 10 Series BT Blood Pressure Monitor is a bare bones connected blood pressure monitor. It lacks a lot of the bells and whistles of its competitors in this space. The app is very simple in design and seems designed primarily to collect data from the monitor; options in terms of reviewing the data in the app are pretty limited.
Over my time using the device, it became clear that this design was probably very deliberate. For folks who are used to the traditional blood pressure monitor, using the Omron 10 Series BT will be a very small leap. I quickly found myself using the device as a standalone blood pressure monitor and only syncing data every week or so.
Even so, there are clearly important deficiencies and opportunities for improvement: providing more guidance on correct measurement technique, enabling the ability to adjust settings in the app, more data review/sharing options, a reminder function, and medication tracking.
Still, it’s not hard to imagine how this may be a better choice for some patients, particularly patients who are not terribly comfortable using their smartphones, are not engaged in other forms of tracking, and are already using a traditional blood pressure monitor. And that i’ts from a highly reputable company like Omron with third-party validation data available helps provide some confidence in the accuracy being captured.
While there’s clearly room for improvement here, for some patients, the Omron 10 Series BT may be the best option for a connected blood pressure monitor.
Disclosure: Omron furnished the blood pressure monitor for the purposes of this review.