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Blood pressure monitor app is top of Apple Watch owners’ wishlists

Steve Rogerson
July 26, 2016
A blood pressure monitor is the most wished-for app by Apple Watch users, according to a survey Allianz Global Assistance. This is followed by an application that would monitor diabetes and blood sugar control. And in third place is a sleep quality measurement app.
The survey is based on interviews with more than 1100 Apple Watch owners worldwide. One in four people said a blood pressure measurement app would be their top choice.
With more than one in four adults in the UK having high blood pressure, and the number of people with diabetes in the UK projected to reach around five million by 2025, the Apple Watch – and similar smart watch technology – could drastically reduce the burden on the NHS and offer a vital lifeline to those most at risk from these conditions.
“New technology is developing rapidly, and provides some hugely beneficial solutions to help Brits improve almost every area of their lives,” said Claire McKinnon, market management director for Allianz Global Assistance UK, a provider of health and homecare assistance services. “The almost limitless potential of connected health solutions, alongside other new tech on the market and in development, makes this an extremely exciting time. With an aging population, good health management is more important than ever, and anything which is able to help us improve and monitor our overall health is a significant step towards a healthier UK.”
The study was conducted by Allianz Worldwide Partners and Monolith Partners, and was carried out by OpinionWay. The survey was conducted with a sample of 1102 people worldwide belonging to the panel of Apple Watch owners, and was carried out in April and May 2016 via an online questionnaire.
Specifically, 26 per cent of panel members questioned named blood pressure measurement as the top service that would help them feel in better health. Diabetes and blood sugar control took 12 per cent of votes followed by sleep quality measurement, with 11 per cent of votes.
Mobile health entrepreneur Matt Riemann's latest product Shae can analyse and interpret incoming data from FitBit, Apple Watch and other wearables to make personalised, real-time recommendations for the user. Shae, an interactive virtual health assistant, is the evolution of health platform PH360 which claims to be able to turn a user's wearable data into practical recommendations regarding diet, exercise and lifestyle activities that directly influence an individual's well-being.
"Shae tells you what to eat, when to hydrate and how to exercise for optimal health and energy," said Riemann. "The real-time recommendations are even specific enough to tell you exactly how your dinner meal has been influencing your sleeping patterns, and to recommend foods to eat for breakfast if you want to stay alert or productive all day."
PH360 is a personal health platform that provides health and lifestyle insights based on scientific calculations of gene expression. It provides a personalised guide to food, fitness, environment and lifestyle for optimal wellness.
For the first time, the worldwide smartwatch market saw a year-over-year decline of 32 per cent, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation. Smartwatch vendors shipped 3.5 million units in the second quarter of 2016, which was down from the 5.1 million shipped a year ago. Apple held the top rank by shipping 1.6 million watches. However, it was the only vendor among the top five to experience an annual decline in shipments.
Distribution though American telcos has paid off for Korean vendor Samsung, which holds the number two position. In particular, the Gear S2 line is off to a good start as Samsung has successfully de-coupled the smartwatch from the smartphone.
The other companies that make up the top three are Lenovo, LG Electronics and Garmin.