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Great device - but: APPS! APPS! APPS!
on October 14, 2014
Got this for my husband ... below is his review -
Just got this device today - so this is early impressions: I got this monitor as it came highly recommended for accuracy. Even though I really wanted to have a 'new' iDevice like product that is now being produced by a few other manufacturers. Having a great app/website to help track daily information is a great selling point. Monitoring a person's health is hard enough, make it easier by automating the record keeping!
Device itself - couldn't be easier to operate. Right out of the box, plug in the cuff, plug it in, set the date and time, and hit start. Pretty easy. Quick start instructions were very clear on how to position the cuff, etc. The device seems made to last - really heavy duty build. I have it sitting on my desk in my home office - where I spend most of my day. It doesn't look too out of place among all the other items I have on my desk (sort of a neat freak..) I do detach the cuff and put that in a drawer.
The is the first bp monitor I've bought, so I have high expectations but not a lot of experience with them. It's much more accurate than the device that was used on me during a recent health screening. The readings on the Omron are in line with some of the readings I've gotten from bp monitors I've used in various places.
Side benefit - takes and records your heart rate too! Nice! I've been using an app for this. Now I can capture all the information in one go!
Bells & whistles - okay, now onto the bells and whistles: I use an iPhone 5 and the app, as of today, is very simple to setup. The app will allow you to create an account with Omronwellness, ask you if you are User 1 or 2 on the device, and automatically start uploading data. It has a nice pic of your latest readings and it tracks all of the data that's found on the device. That's pretty much it.
The downside is that the sync'ing of the data between the device and your phone is not automatic. You do have to hit a button on the Omron and, possibly, pull down on the image of your last reading (this forces a re-sync). I haven't tested all variations of when the data would be updated. I was hoping for more automation. For instance if the device is in use by a particular user, and the iPhone is around - to automatically wake up the app and update the phone. Not sure what the technical hurdles are here, but it would be a nice to have.
All of your data gets sent to Omronwellness site automatically from your phone. Using a browser on a desktop (I use a Mac) is pretty easy. We're only tracking a few data types, so how exciting can the site be? Here, Omron tries. There are graphs and goals setting, etc. However, having the graphs and goals feature moved over to the app would be a very nice plus.
Lastly - and I sincerely wish for this to changed in the near future - the app does not support Apple's Heath Kit. I have to manually input my data into Health app. This is a major let down. However, it's just a software change and it's something the company can do if they have any desire to do.
Wrapping up - as this was my first bp monitor, I wanted to error on the side of having a device that accurately read my vitals. That's much more important than automating my life. However, I think it's really important to make tracking our health automatic, or with only a little fuss, if we are to get people to start looking at their health more seriously. (Baring a life altering event of course...) As the focus on healthcare gets more attention - there are a lot of players in the market that will produce products (apps, etc) that will attempt to make the more technically savvy folks' lives easier. It's will become requirement for future purchase for people I'm sure. Plus it'll make nerds like me really happy to play around with the apps and data points.