This App Allows You To Monitor Your Blood Pressure With A Smartphone
Shanghai startup Accutension has developed a blood pressure kit that uses a smartphone to listen to the sounds of blood flow for accurate blood pressure readings.
Two-thirds of adults have high blood pressure, and almost 1,000 Americans die every day from blood pressure-related issues. But automatic blood pressure monitors aren’t as accurate as they should be, according to Accutension founder and CEO Junfeng Zhao.
“A few years ago, a friend of mine was misdiagnosed because of the inaccurate monitor readings,” he says. “When the doctors found out the real reason of his sickness, it was too late. That day, I made a pledge to find a solution which would save others and let their friends and families avoid painful loss.”
Accutension aims to be the first at-home blood pressure kit that provides results as accurate as doctor’s measurements, and it’s powered by a smartphone app.
“Doctors directly determine the blood pressure by listening (auscultating) to the sounds of blood flow,” says Zhao. “So does Accutension: it provides readings based directly on the sounds, not algorithms, resulting in accurate, consistent, and reliable blood pressure measurement.”
Junfeng Zhao, a PhD in engineering, worked for Intel for ten years before starting Accutension. He most recently worked as Intel’s technology pathfinding manager, leading new semiconductor assembly and hardware miniaturization technology pathfinding.
Accutension has surpassed its inital crowdfunding goal of $10,000 on Indiegogo, with 20 days left in its campaign. You can still be among the first to try the product by supporting the project here.