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Omron expands Alexa skill for connected blood-pressure monitors

Steve Rogerson
July 9, 2019



Omron Healthcare has expanded the capabilities of its connected blood pressure monitor through the Omron Health skill for Amazon Alexa. Last year, Omron became the first brand to create a blood pressure monitoring skill for Alexa.
 
Those who use an Omron connected blood pressure monitor that pairs to the brand's proprietary Omron Connect mobile application can ask Alexa to furnish a personalised blood pressure report and provide daily heart health tips, in addition to setting blood pressure monitoring reminders and comparing readings across different dates and times of day.
 
Users can also access the Omron Health skill through the new HeartAdvisor app, which works exclusively with the HeartGuide wearable blood pressure monitor.
 
"These updates to our exclusive Omron Health skill for Amazon Alexa are another step forward in growing adoption of regular blood pressure monitoring and shaping positive behaviour change," said Ranndy Kellogg, president and CEO of Illinois-based Omron Healthcare. “Those objectives are central to our mission of Going for Zero heart attacks and strokes. By making it easier and more convenient to track blood pressure trends over time, we can help empower users to understand their condition and take action to reduce their health risks.”
 
Since December, users who pair their Omron connected blood pressure monitor to the free Omron Connect mobile app could ask Alexa to open the Omron Health skill, locate and read back their latest blood pressure reading, calculate their average reading over a day, week or month, and compare readings across different dates and times of day.
 
With the expansion, the added features offer users expanded capabilities and heart health insights.
 
The latest version can provide a PDF of a user's data for a specified period up to 31 days. The report can then be sent to the user's Omron account or the email address associated with their Amazon account, which the user can then share with a doctor to better inform any treatment decisions. The report includes a chart of average daily readings, a list of readings for the specified date range and a table showing how those readings fit into the blood pressure categories established by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC).
 
The updated skill also allows users to display their readings on Alexa-enabled devices with screens such as Echo Show or Echo Spot. For example, Echo Show can display charts of a user's latest and average readings, compare readings, and provide details on previous readings, all in accordance with the hypertension guidelines set by the AHA and ACC.
 
Along with these options, the Omron Health skill can also provide daily heart health tips. Users can simply ask Alexa for a health tip of the day to learn heart-healthy advice. To enable the skill, all users need is the Alexa app and the Omron Connect mobile app, which are available for free download from the Apple iOS or Google Play stores.
 
Omron Healthcare says it is dedicated to helping users store, track and share their heart health data with their doctor for deeper heart health insights, which can help optimise treatment plans and lead to better health outcomes.
 
Since Omron invented its first blood pressure monitors more than 40 years ago, the company says it has been empowering people to take charge of their health at home through technology.