Wired magazine is warning consumers about a growing number of healthcare apps – including some that claim to be able to take your blood pressure – that don’t work.
Says the magazine:
Iltifat Husain has seen an awful lot of sickness and injury during his time as an emergency room doctor, but lately, he’s worried about something new. He’s worried about the ill effects of mobile healthcare apps.
…To illustrate his concern, Husain points to Instant Blood Pressure, which claims it can take a blood pressure reading in under a minute “using only your iPhone—no cuff required.” The $3.99 app has been among the top 30 most-downloaded apps in the Health and Fitness section of the App Store for the past few weeks, and it features several glowing reviews. According to the app’s description, it “uses a patent-pending process developed by a team from the Johns Hopkins University—a world leader in health innovation.”
The problem is that doctors like Husain have no reason to believe it actually works. There is no public research explaining how the app operates, and the company hasn’t done the kind of study that the Food and Drug Administration would require in ordered to get Instant Blood Pressure cleared as a medical device.
You can find numerous blood pressure apps at Amazon. But you are advised to read the entire article before acquiring any of these.