Omron’s HeartGuide: Wearable Blood Pressure Monitoring
Omron, one of the dominant makers of consumer-level blood pressure monitoring devices, has begun initial sale on its web site its HeartGuide ($499) – what it says is the first-ever wearable blood pressure monitor.
The device, in the form of a wristwatch, was unveiled during CES 2019, and works in tandem with a companion app, HeartAdvisor, to provide clinically accurate readings in 30 seconds. The HeartAdvisor mobile app has been optimized to help users better understand fluctuating blood pressure and pulse patterns throughout the day and night.
HeartGuide uses a built-in inflatable cuff, which the company says differentiates it from other wearable devices that rely on sensor technology, which it says limits data provided to the wearer solely to blood pressure estimates.
Carol Rae Lucarelli, director of marketing and product development, told Dealerscope that the device uses FDA-cleared technology, and can store up to 100 readings in memory. Battery life, she said, provides 500 full charges and typical usage would require a recharge roughly two or three times a week.
Besides monitoring blood pressure, the devices also functions as a smartwatch, and will provide the wearer with email, call and text notifications as well as tracking activity levels such as steps taken, calories burned and distance walked or run. It is also a sleep activity monitor and can detect various states of sleep, for a fuller health picture, according to the company.