An app aimed at people wanting to record their blood pressure readings.
Note: This app appears to no longer be available in the New Zealand app stores.
Blood Pressure Log
Blood pressure recording
Graphs and reports
What does the app do?
This app allows the user to record and store blood pressure readings. It logs blood pressure related information such as systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings, date and time of reading, site (arm, wrist or leg) and position (seated, upright, horizontal). It also has provision to record heart rate (pulse), weight (in kilograms or pounds) and comments. For the complete app description, go toGoogle Play(android)
You can easily graph your progress
You can set multiple variables with each blood pressure recording, such as arm used, body position and tags
You have a lot of control over the settings
The app incorrectly prioritises diastolic pressure over systolic pressure when determining a classification. For example 280/60 is called low, while 280/70 is called hypertension stage II. This could theoretically cause the patient to make an incorrect judgment of when to see their doctor. Both 280/60 and 280/70 are actually severe hypertension generally requiring urgent assessment.
Overemphasis of blood pressure classification rather than setting an individualised blood pressure target
User interface is clunky and ads are distracting
Date of this review: August 2016
This app has been reviewed by other independent websites.
Reviewer:Jeremy Steinberg, GP Registrar, RNZCGP August 2016 Clinical score: ★★★☆☆ Review: "This app allows you to log your blood pressure and graph it in multiple ways allowing you and your doctor to easily see trends." Safety concerns: "The app incorrectly prioritises diastolic pressure over systolic pressure when determining a classification. For example 280/60 is called low, while 280/70 is called hypertension stage II. This could theoretically cause the patient to make an incorrect judgment of when to see their doctor. Both 280/60 and 280/70 are actually severe hypertension generally requiring urgent assessment. Blood pressure targets are generally individualised taking into account age and other medical problems. The app does not allow one to take this into account." New Zealand relevance: ★★★☆☆
The tech review relates to the technical aspects of the app.
Reviewer: Sara Jebreil, July 2016 Technical score: ★★★☆☆ Review:
Security: This app is not very secure as no login is required.
Performance: Perfect/timely response; no technical bugs found/contains a ‘loading time left’ indicator.
Impact of the app on battery life and device performance: Impact is minimal using an average of 14 MB of data over 3 hours.
Interactivity: Insufficient interactivity, or feedback, or user input options, limiting functions.
The formal app review is based on the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) developed by researchers at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.(1) It is designed to score apps on a few comprehensive dimensions — engagement, functionality, aesthetics, and information quality. Each dimension comprises several items which are rated on a 5-point scale from “1. Inadequate” to “5. Excellent”.