Location: United Kingdom
The OMRON HeartGuide is worn on the wrist and continuously monitors activity and sleep quality. When the wearer is ready to take their blood pressure, they reposition the device and press a button.
45% of adults in the US have high blood pressure (hypertension), and only 24% of those have their condition under control. Tracking blood pressure is important for monitoring the response to treatment and catching it early if the condition worsens. However, monitoring blood pressure at home usually requires placing a cuff on the arm and connecting to a monitor. People can forget, it takes time and can’t be undertaken easily when travelling.
OMRON has simplified blood pressure monitoring with their HeartGuide; a wristband wearable that takes a blood pressure reading at the press of a button. The device is worn on the wrist, positioned roughly one inch below the bottom of the palm.
When the wearer is ready to take their blood pressure, they adjust the position and strap tightness as needed, hold their wrist at the same level as their heart, and press the button. The innovative cuff inside the band inflates, and a reading is taken within 30 seconds. The blood pressure reading is displayed on the device and transmitted to the companion mobile app for easy tracking.
On the app, patients and their healthcare team can monitor blood pressure, sleep quality, and activity over time. OMRON is one of many companies empowering patients to take control of their health by advancing at-home monitoring. Another, Withings, has built an ECG into a smartwatch.