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Blood pressure and glucose monitoring tools now available in the MFine app



Blood pressure and glucose monitoring tools now available in the MFine app


Indian digital health startup MFine has added blood pressure and glucose monitoring tools to its mobile health app.

Three weeks ago, the health technology startup released its latest vital measurement capabilities for beta testing after two years of development and clinical trials with nearly 3,000 patients.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

According to a press release, these health monitoring features are built on MFine’s proprietary algorithm that measures blood pressure and glucose level by obtaining PPG signals from the user’s fingertip. The smartphone’s camera and flash are used to observe the changes in the red and blue wavelengths of the PPG signals and obtain a reading. The company says its algorithm for measuring BP scores is “close to 90%” accurate.

Vital new metering features are currently available in the MFine app for select Android phones and will be coming to iOS devices soon.

BECAUSE IT MATTER

In India, more than 200 million people with hypertension have little access to blood pressure monitoring tools for home and personal use, while more than 80 million diabetic patients rely primarily on time-consuming, invasive blood tests to get the glucose reading.

Although there is general availability of wearable health devices, smartphones are more common and more affordable for the population, MFine said. “Smartphones are already ubiquitous in India and will prove to be a game changer in preventative health and vital signs monitoring. Many people in India can’t afford expensive gadgets and wearables, but they have a smartphone that they can use now to monitor their own health,” explained Dr. Sreekanth Shetty, Interventional Cardiologist at Sakra World Hospital.

MFine continues to harness the power of mobile sensors and artificial intelligence to transform smartphones into vital measurement tools to provide people with a cost-effective means of regularly monitoring their health.

Its proprietary algorithm for measuring vital signs was also used in the development of its blood oxygen saturation and heart rate monitoring tools that were previously released in the MFine app.

MARKET IMAGE

The private Indian university Amrita has also developed a health tool to enable self-monitoring of health in rural areas. Their offering is a smartphone-connected finger clip called Amrita Spandanam that can measure six bodily parameters, including blood glucose, blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen, respiratory rate, and 6-lead ECG.

In other news, popular wearable brands like Fitbit and Samsung have recently introduced vital signs tracking features to their smartwatches.

IN THE DOCUMENT

Commenting on the launch of blood pressure and glucose monitoring in the MFine app, Dr. B Hygriv Rao, Senior Cardiologist at KIMS Hospitals, said, “It is essential that a large country like India experiment with cutting-edge technologies and develop tools to ensure quality care is delivered in a timely manner to all people…Preliminary demonstration of this tool appears encouraging and we look forward to further clinical experience and wider use.”

“By enabling vital signs monitoring via smartphone, MFine aims to make basic health screenings universal, easy and free for millions of people in India. In the coming months, you will see more such innovations from MFine in this area.” Ajit said that Narayanan also said.

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