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Omron launches wearable blood pressure monitor

Steve Rogerson
January 22, 2019

Omron Healthcare has announced US retail availability for HeartGuide, a wearable blood pressure monitor. The oscillometric blood pressure monitor in the design of a wristwatch recently received 510K FDA clearance as a medical device and is now available for purchase.
HeartGuide is launching with a mobile app called HeartAdvisor, which is a digital health service from Omron with insights and coaching to help users take action on their numbers for their heart health.
"Omron created HeartGuide for those who want to keep close watch on their blood pressure anytime, anywhere," said Omron Healthcare CEO Ranndy Kellogg. "Eighty per cent of heart disease and stroke events are preventable. Studies show that regular self-monitoring can significantly reduce the risk of these cardiac events; it all begins with monitoring your blood pressure regularly and knowing how to take action for better heart health. We've made Going for Zero heart attacks and strokes our mission and HeartGuide represents the path of innovation and education Omron is taking to achieve it."
Omron is initially launching HeartGuide in the USA for an MSRP of $500 with plans to roll out the product in Europe and Asia later this year.
High demand greeted US pre-order availability for HeartGuide, which was a focus of attention at this month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Omron filed more than 80 patents to create HeartGuide in the design of a wristwatch, ensuring accuracy and reliability. The sleek, stylish device uses the same technology – an inflatable oscillometric blood pressure cuff – found in a doctor's office. The oscillometric method is the FDA-recognised standard for accurate, automated, medical-grade personal blood pressure measurement.
A typical user can expect to charge HeartGuide approximately two to three times per week, depending on the frequency of use of HeartGuide's features. The device is available in a medium size, which fits approximately 75 per cent of individuals, with large and small sizes becoming available later this year.
In addition to accurate blood pressure measurement, HeartGuide measures daily activity – including steps, aerobic steps, distance and calories burned – pulse rate and sleep quality while also functioning as a traditional smartwatch. Users can receive notifications for texts, calls and emails.
HeartGuide can hold up to 100 readings in memory and all readings can be transferred to the HeartAdvisor app for review, comparison and treatment optimisation. HeartAdvisor is a proprietary digital health platform that helps users better understand their condition, build a more productive dialogue with their doctor and gain access to real-time heart health coaching to act on their blood pressure numbers.
Those who purchase HeartGuide will have free access to HeartAdvisor and its range of services.
"HeartAdvisor is an insights-driven service," said Kellogg. “Understanding blood pressure requires more than just presenting numbers. With HeartAdvisor, you can understand what your numbers mean, what may have caused the current reading and what you can do to better manage your condition.”
HeartAdvisor gives users the ability to store, track and share their data with their physician while also providing health insights to determine how lifestyle habits affect blood pressure. Personalised insights and recommendations from HeartAdvisor are designed to act as a digital health coach to help users adopt healthier habits and take meaningful action on their numbers.
HeartAdvisor is available through Apple iTunes and Google Play stores and will be upgraded with additional features throughout 2019.