August 17, San Francisco — The digital health startup has reached its goal in 10 days after launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The blood pressure kit uses a smartphone app for at home monitoring and will be a great tool for a booming telehealth industry, offering the patients reliable data and an opportunity to communicate with doctors remotely.
According to a study recently released by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH), online doctor visits are going to skyrocket in the coming year. Seventy four percent of 140 large employers surveyed by NBGH are planning to make telehealth options available in 2016. All major providers of virtual doctor services report tremendous growth rates.
One of the issues preventing the industry from going mainstream is the lack of reliable and affordable tools for at home monitoring. Accutension offers a solution for the people with blood pressure problems.
Most automatic blood pressure monitors employ their own algorithms for measurement. As a result, 40% of the BPM users receive inaccurate information about their health. It puts millions of people in danger.
Accutension provides blood pressure readings based directly on the sounds, not algorithms, resulting in accurate, consistent and reliable measurement. It can work with a traditional sphygmomanometer or an automatic BPM, or as a standalone kit with its own cuff. It uses a microphone to record the blood flow sounds and an app to visualize them on a smartphone’s screen. A user can show the results to a doctor in a real time, using Skype or similar programs or playback the sounds after the measurement and email the file to their doctor in case of any concern.
“More and more people prefer using the Internet to communicate with a doctor. Accutension will allow them to do so. No longer you need to fight bad traffic to get timely diagnostics. Our kit uses the same approach as your doctor does, so you can rely on it as a professional tool without the costs associated with visiting a clinic,” said Junfeng Zhao, the inventor of Accutension.
The first customers have an opportunity to order Accutension Stetho for $19 (to verify the readings of your own device) or a self-reliant kit for $59.
Aging global population creates a significant pressure on our society. The healthcare costs are growing annually, making quality service beyond the reach for the people who need it the most. The same time, 1 in 5 Americans lives in a region designated as having a shortage of primary care physicians, and the number of doctors entering the field isn't expected to keep pace with demand.
Telehealth can help to cut the costs and free up physicians to focus on complicated issues while offering affordable alternative for those in need of routine health monitoring. The number of people having high blood pressure expected to grow to 40% of American adult population, and Accutension offers a peace of mind for these patients and their families.
To learn more about Accutension, visit its Indiegogo page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/accutension-smartphone-enabled-blood-pressure-kit#/story