The second independent study in Indonesia is being conducted with the Summit Institute for Development (SID) in collaboration with Ona Kenya Limited and is funded through Grand Challenges Canada’s Saving Lives at Birth initiative, with additional backing from USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the HRP Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction. The study centres on hypertension disorders during pregnancy, including chronic hypertension, preeclampsia-eclampsia, preeclampsia superimposed on chronic hypertension and gestational hypertension. Findings from the two studies will be available in the first half of 2022.
Biospectal OptiBP enables anyone in the world with a smartphone to turn their device into a connected, clinical-grade blood pressure monitor in the time it takes to download and install an app. The OptiBP medical-grade smartphone app uses a smartphone camera’s lens to easily measure and record a user’s blood pressure flow via their fingertip. Using proprietary algorithms and optical signal capture methods, Biospectal OptiBP then transforms the captured data into blood pressure values in approximately 20 seconds — half the time of a typical blood pressure cuff. The captured blood pressure data connects seamlessly with a user’s clinicians to support treatment regimens that help improve health, longevity and quality of life. View a short video of how Biospectal OptiBP works here.
“The ability for anyone to assess blood pressure accurately with a readily available device such as a smartphone opens the door to personal monitoring of many acute and chronic medical conditions.”
“The ability for anyone to assess blood pressure accurately with a readily available device such as a smartphone opens the door to personal monitoring of many acute and chronic medical conditions. It’s a massive leap forward in technology toward empowerment for wellness, and crucial in the post Covid-19 world,” said Dr. Anuraj Shankar of University of Oxford, U.K., and Lead Investigator for Community Health at the Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit, and the Summit Institute for Development in Indonesia. “The synergy with other point-of-care tests and the transition to digital health globally means optimal care for pregnant women experiencing hypertension, and will lead to more healthy mothers and healthy babies.”
“The transition to digital health globally means optimal care for pregnant women experiencing hypertension, and will lead to more healthy mothers and healthy babies”
Hypertension is a global threat and is the leading cause of death worldwide, according to the WHO. Fewer than one in five of the estimated 1.13 billion people with hypertension have it under control, and two-thirds live in low- and middle-income countries. Hypertension prevalence rates are on the rise in developing countries with no improvement in awareness or control rates. As the only pure software solution on the market in an easy to use smartphone app, Biospectal is the answer to the major problem of monitoring and measuring blood pressure in developing countries. “For low and middle-income countries around the globe, this type of technology is a game-changer in the fight against non-communicable diseases, dominated by hypertension and cardiovascular disease,” says Professor Alain Labrique, Director of the Johns Hopkins Global mHealth Initiative and Associate Chair for Research in International Health. “For the billions of people living in remote, rural communities, having access to accurate blood pressure readings will enable early diagnosis and hopefully, treatment — preventing illness and loss of life.”
“For low and middle-income countries around the globe, this type of technology is a game-changer”
“Smartphones are the number one device worldwide and someone in Tanzania or Indonesia is more likely to have a smartphone than any other consumer device. Biospectal’s pure software and app approach simultaneously democratizes access to blood pressure measurement and monitoring due to the widespread worldwide availability of smartphones,” said Biospectal CEO and co-founder, Eliott Jones. “We can scale our modern, medical-grade, easy-to-use blood pressure measurement and monitoring OptiBP technology globally with extreme efficiency to any country, at any time.”
Biospectal OptiBP for Android launched in public beta in January 2021. Biospectal OptiBP for iOS is planned for public beta launch in the second half of 2021. Learn more at https://www.biospectal.com.
Biospectal is the remote monitoring and biosensing software company focused on the worldwide democratization of clinical monitoring. We make it easy for hypertension patients and health conscious consumers to take on hypertension – the silent killer and #1 chronic health condition worldwide. Biospectal’s OptiBP™ smartphone application and data platform removes the outdated blood pressure cuff barrier and enables frequent and intelligent blood pressure tracking via a fingertip applied to a smartphone camera lens. By optically measuring blood flow through the skin, our proprietary algorithm turns light information into blood pressure values. Now, anyone with a smartphone can have the convenience of a connected blood pressure monitor with them anytime, anywhere.
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