uHealth looking at telco and pharmacy partners for QardioArm

Digital healthcare company uHealth has partnered with smart heart health solutions developer Qardio to introduce the QardioArm smart blood pressure monitor to Australia and New Zealand.

QardioArm is a clinically validated and TGA-approved blood pressure monitor that connects wirelessly to an app to allow users to measure, record and share systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate measurements.

QardioArm won a 2014 RedDot product design award for its elegant design, which aims to make a medical device look like a daily object that is simple and convenient to have around at all times for daily measurements.

The Qardio App also works with Apple’s HealthKit, enabling the sharing of blood pressure, heart rate and other health data. Apple’s Health app lets users access all their health and wellness information in one place and keep it under control.

It features an activity view to help track accomplishments and promote consistent monitoring, a place feature that helps monitor how blood pressure changes across multiple locations, and an irregular heart beat history that saves all irregular heart beat notifications to provide a reference history for doctors.

uHealth Australia director Will Knox said the technology was innovative in its design and user interface.

“We believe this digital health technology will provide a platform for our programs focusing on both prevention and management of hypertension amongst Australians and New Zealanders,” Mr Knox said.

“Both our retail and clinical partners see QardioArm as an innovative engagement tool that will help drive their health and wellness programs.”

Mr Knox said uHealth was distributing the product through its website and established partnerships with pharmacies, but is also using it as a testing ground to try out the distribution of a range of the company's smartphone-based devices through telecommunications retailers.

The aim is to supply devices along with data and phone plans through a telco's retail stores.

While there are a number of portable, smartphone-based blood pressures out there, Mr Knox said QardioArm is smaller and more elegant in its design.

“It also allows more structured tracking of data, including a GPS function to track blood pressure over multiple locations,” he said.

“The purpose of the technology is to drive those with hypertension to monitor and track their disease more frequently during everyday activities – hence QardioArm is smaller and has a slicker user experience.”

Qardio also has a device called QardioCore, an attractive, wearable ECG monitor that monitors body temperature, stress levels and activity tracking. All measurements are transmitted wirelessly to a smartphone app and stored in a private cloud.

Mr Knox said uHealth plans to distribute QardioCore once it receives TGA approval.

uHealth also distributes other TGA-approved, attractively designed medical devices such as the AirSonea asthma device, the AliveCor heart monitoring device and Dario, an all-in-one glucose meter that plugs into a smartphone.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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