In an ever-evolving digital world, we’re used to apps and gadgets that help users take control of monitoring their day-to-day health through harnessing the power of technology.
Apps monitor our sleep patterns. YouTube videos helps us meditate. And people use their smart phones for counting everything from calories consumed to how many steps they’ve walked in a day.
But this approach isn’t just for people wanting self-diagnose and treat—doctors are directing patients to digital self-care too, with NHS apps helping to keep people healthy. There’s now a crossover in ‘DIY’ healthcare and the way doctors diagnose, treat and manage health conditions.
And now it looks like the development of blood pressure monitor testing could be The Next Big Thing in how medical professionals support patients to manage their health issues.
Because, until now, blood pressure monitor testing has only been achieved with bulky, mechanical cuff-based devices—but that’s all set to change.
Maxim Integrated Products has recently introduced a solid-state blood pressure monitor testing solution to track this critical health indicator—and it can be embedded into smartphones or other digital wearables.
Kris Ardis, the Executive Director in the Micros, Security and Software Business Unit at maxim Integrated, says:
“Blood pressure is a key vital sign, but has traditionally been difficult to monitor conveniently and accurately. Maxim now provides a combination of products in a compact reference design, which allows system designers to build highly accurate blood-pressure monitors that do not require cuffs.”
And this new blood pressure monitor testing equipment is very easy to use. All you have to do is place your finger on the device for 30-45 seconds while resting, and it measures your blood pressure, anytime, anywhere.
This could be the beginning of a new wave of digital self-care for people with high blood pressure.
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