Popular Health App Can Cause Significant Harm, Says iMedicalApps

instantbpAn iMedicalApps article about the “Instant Blood Pressure — Monitor Blood Pressure Using Only Your iPhone” app (also available for Android) warns that this app may cause significant harm to users, as it claims to measure blood pressure using a smartphone’s camera and microphone. However, user reviews report getting very different results using the app and using a blood pressure cuff. The app information page includes a buried disclaimer that “Instant Blood pressure is for entertainment purposes only,” but user reviews show that people are attempting to use this app to manage hypertension.

In May, iMedicalApps reported about a study that raised doubts about iPhone-connected blood pressure cuffs. iMedicalApps has also published a review of smartphone-connected blood pressure cuffs.

The library has iPads available for loan for hospital employees. The iPads come pre-loaded with a number of apps, including Pediatric BP Calculator, an app for calculating a pediatric patient’s blood pressure percentiles.

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