Some blood pressure apps shouldn't be trusted
While many of the mobile apps that promise to read your blood pressure are adequate, some of those available can be wildly innaccurate, according to new research.
This study analyzed the top 107 apps for hypertension and high blood pressure available for download on the Google Play store and Apple iTunes store and found a small number of apps that claimed to read blood pressure by having an individual press their fingers onto phone screens or cameras. The researchers say that kind of functionality does not yet have medical or clinical backing.
The study did find positives of some of the medical apps they analyzed – 72 percent of the most popular apps allowed patients to keep track of medical data and provided access to medical professionals, as well as reminders to adhere to medication programs.
The scientists noted that none of the apps have been approved by the FDA as medical devices. Some experts say medical apps should be considered medical devices, which would require them to be regulated by the FDA.