Biofeedback has been shown in research to exert powerful effects on patient management of chronic disease. With hypertension and heart disease, the ability to quickly see the effects of foods, exercise, and stress on blood pressure and heart rate is an invaluable tool. The Withings Blood Pressure Monitor makes biofeedback in the home, office, and any other setting both accessible and fast. Units come ready to deliver powerful results across platforms. As with other popular Withings health monitors, connectivity is a central factor in Withings Blood Pressure Monitor effectiveness.
Two measurement settings are possible based on personal preference or the healthcare provider's suggestion. Single measurement mode collects systolic and diastolic pressure along with beats per minute. Multi-measure mode collects the same measures three times in a row and produces an average of results.
All measurements are tracked according to time of day. Graphs show tracked results to prevent the unfair comparison of morning and evening results. A built-in alarm makes it impossible to forget the required reading times. The alarm can be set and forgotten about to further avoid test stress. Readout corruption is effectively minimized with the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor.
The Withings Blood Pressure Monitor plugs into any iOS device for transmitting results. The Withings App allows information sharing across PC and Mac platforms. It also automatically makes backup copies of historical data, so low batteries do not result in lost information.
Statistics across time and date-defined averages are presented in easy to read graphs. The Withings App makes it possible to send information in raw or graphical format directly to the healthcare provider. This eliminates the problem of stressed readings at the doctor's office. Automatic health record updates are also possible with the Microsoft HealthVault or other Healthcare 2.0 partners.
Health information is increasingly at risk in the online environment. The Withings Blood Pressure Monitor is locked via a personal identification number. All information is transmitted as securely as allowed by the iOS device. It is important for users to take precautions with choice of PIN and transmission to avoid losing control over personal information.