Omron to Release USB-connected Blood Pressure Meter

Feb 25, 2012
Takuya Otani, Nikkei Electronics & Digital Health Online
The new product being used to measure a blood pressure
The new product being used to measure a blood pressure
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An example of the screen when the posture of the user is appropriate
An example of the screen when the posture of the user is appropriate
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Omron Healthcare Co Ltd will release an automatic blood pressure meter capable of transmitting data via USB March 1, 2012.

The blood pressure meter, "HEM-1025 Spot Arm," is attached to an upper arm of the user. Measured data can be easily managed on a PC. Though there is no manufacturer's suggested retail price, the street price of the product is expected to be about ¥19,800 (approx US$245). The company aims to sell 22,000 units in one year after the release.

When the HEM-1025 is connected to a PC via a USB cable, measured data is automatically transmitted to the PC. Also, it is possible to make a graph showing the change in blood pressure by using "Wellness Link," a health management service provided by Omron Healthcare.

The HEM-1025 features a "dual check system," which checks the operating status of the meter. Specifically, it comes with a sensor for measurement and another sensor for monitoring. Each time a blood pressure is measured, the monitoring sensor checks if the measurement sensor is operating properly. And the result is shown by using a lamp.

The blood pressure meter also comes with "IntelliSense 2.0," Omron Healthcare's original algorithm that automatically increases and decreases pressure in accordance with the user's blood pressure. It eliminates the influence of the arm's thickness on a measured value, enhancing the accuracy of measurement.

Furthermore, it is equipped with a function to check the posture of the user based on the angle of the movable arm band. When the angle is appropriate for measurement, a black mark shown on the LCD display moves to a yellow part in the center of the display, enabling the user to know if the posture is appropriate.