Connect with me on “Connected Health” #GoingForZero
As a “Top 100 Health Tech influencer”, I have been asked by Omron Healthcare to participate in a paid collaboration, connecting with them on a journey to improve my heart health and to try out their “number one doctor and pharmacy-recommended” “smart” blood pressure monitor, EVOLV.
Not only is Omron Healthcare hoping to improve familiarity with their leadership in “smart healthcare”, they are also trying to raise awareness of their campaign of #GoingForZero heart attacks and strokes. Heart disease remains the number one killer worldwide and Omron Healthcare is leading the charge to stop it!
We are entering a new era of “connected health”, an era driven by “always-on” connectivity and a slew of new “smart” healthcare-related devices. We are moving beyond counting our footsteps to counting our heartbeats.
Omron Healthcare, “a global leader in blood-pressure innovation since 1973”, touts that is has developed the “number-one doctor and pharmacy recommended” personal blood pressure monitor, a device called EVOLV.
How easy is EVOLV to set up? To use? To carry around. I’m learning. And I’m even having fun doing it!
The basics: the EVOLV blood pressure monitor is a “smart” device that can seamlessly send its readings to a smartphone app. Those readings can also be shared wirelessly with one’s personal doctor or even connected to your “Alexa” device! (More on that later.)
- It’s compact: about the size of a coffee mug, EVOLV fits into the palm of your hand.
- It’s very lightweight.
- It costs less than $100.
- There are no activation fees.
- There are no maintenance fees.
- There are “four easy steps” (really) to setting up the device and getting your reading.
- The device is sleek: it has no dangling wires or gauges to set or read. (Which is nice as I plan to bring it on an upcoming business trip to China and on another to London!)
- It has only two buttons.
- You don’t pump anything: press the “start” button and the device self-inflates; it stops when it has a reading. (It comes with four, easy-to-install batteries.)
- It’s as accurate as a clinical blood pressure monitor.
Why trek to a doctor’s office when you can get clinically-accurate readings of your blood pressure from the comfort of your home, especially when those readings can be shared in real-time with your doctor? Think of the savings in time, money and safety (any time off the roads is money saved and risks avoided). This is what excites me about “mobile” and “connected” health — it can improve the quality of our healthcare while saving us time and money!
For the sake of accuracy, I skipped carefully reading the instructions before taking my first reading. “Huh?!” Allow me to explain. I take seriously my task of trying out new products. How well are they designed? How seamlessly do they work? How difficult are they to operate? So, to replicate what the average consumer (or I) typically does: I took a quick read of the instructions, downloaded their app, put the batteries that came in the box in the device, and placed the device on my arm to get my first reading.
It worked! Remarkably, my less than studious approach to taking my first reading, got me my first reading! The process was easy, fun and quick!
My recommendation — don’t rush to get your first reading. Take a few moments to go through the instructions. They’re pretty short, not much longer than what’s written on the box — and they’re written in plain language! (If I had more carefully read the instructions the first time — as I later did — I would have seen that gulping cups of coffee before a reading is not what one should do. So, save your coffee drinking for after your reading! My first readings were a bit elevated because of this.)
The first home reading:
I hope you’ll stay connected with me on my journey deeper into “connected health”!
I’ll be exploring how connected healthcare can improve our lives. I’m someone who has never had any issues with hypertension in the past, but, I’m eager to find out if my EVOLV device tells a different story.
I want to learn more about the subject of “Quantified Self” — the notion of “self knowledge through self monitoring” of one’s own health. In a connected world this becomes easy. Choosing the right brands and devices to do it with becomes the challenge.
I was introduced to Omron Healthcare during CES 2018 when I joined them for a collaboration there. I fell in love with the Omron folks I got to meet — they all had a sense of mission of technology for social good, as illustrated by their #GoingForZero campaign.
I’ll be trying out EVOLV for the next two months — and I hope you’ll join me as I do! Let’s learn more about “connected health” and get healthier as we do!
And, if you use Twitter, lets connect there!