Withings, the company behind a range of iOS-connected health accessories ranging from activity monitors to smart scales, has launched a brand new piece of mobile software that could replace your current physician.
What’s up, doc?
Called Hy-Result, the software is designed to “interpret and assess personalized interventions that can aid in the better management of high blood pressure,” according to a press release that recently reached our inbox. It’s been created by a team of hypertension specialists from Hospital Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the software analyzes data drawn from monitors such as the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor in order to provide assessments and advice. It launches today, is priced at $4.99, and can be accessed inside of Withings Health Mate via an in-app purchase (IAP).
Created by an international scientific committee composed of high blood pressure experts under the leadership of Dr. Postel-Vinay, Hy-Result combines the professional advisory protocols laid down by the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) with scientific data on the management of blood pressure.
However, this isn’t just another health app for iOS. Hy-Result has undergone clinical trials, the results of which have been published in the peer-reviewed Blood Pressure Monitoring Journal, and the findings are impressive.
it was found that Hy-Result software delivered the same advice as specialist physicians 95.4% of the time, making it at least as accurate as that of a specialist in current practice.
The same press release adds, mind you:
While not intended as a replacement to professional consultations with cardiologists and general practitioners, the study does validate Hy-Result as a trusted tool to be used by patients and their caregivers between doctor visits.
As such, for anyone with high blood pressure, Withings’ Hy-Result looks like a useful piece of software to have on-board your iOS device.
How does it work?
In order to make its assessments, Hy-Result “combines blood pressure data with information about the individual user to determine interventions that will best deliver results.” This begins with simple questions based on the user’s medical history, and continues with Health Mate’s request to take six blood pressure readings over a five-day period using either the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor or through inputting the data manually.
Blood pressure measurements are variable, hence the purpose of taking so many blood pressure readings. Hy-Result provides a more complete look into an individual’s blood pressure assessment by taking multiple readings over multiple days. Since hypertension is considered a “silent disease,” meaning many people live with it unknowingly, taking one’s blood pressure regularly at home can be more effective than an annual visit to the doctor.
Hy-Result then provides users with “personalized assessments of their cardiovascular health,” and it aims to identify strategies for preventative measures to heart health risks. You can also generate a PDF report detailing your results in order to share Hy-Result’s findings with … you know … an actual physician.
You should be able to find Hy-Result inside of Withings Health Mate for iOS either now, or later today. The app is available free of charge, and is optimized for the iPhone/iPod touch and Apple Watch.