The app, which is made by AuraLife estimates blood pressure (BP) using a technique in which the top edge of the smartphone is placed on the left side of the chest while the individual places his or her right index finger over the smartphone’s camera.
It sold well since its release on June 5, 2014, and removal on July 30, 2015, the IBP app spent 156 days as one of the top 50 best-selling iPhone apps. The only problem is that it does not work. In fact they were so bad at getting an accurate results that they could be telling a sick fanboy he was actually healthy.
The app has been withdrawn, but Hopkins is concerned that other similar apps are out there which “work” in a similar way. These include Blood Pressure Pocket, Quick Blood Pressure Measure and Monitor although the study confirms they were not actually tested.
“We remain concerned that individuals may use these apps to assess their BP and titrate therapy. From a public health perspective, our study supports partnership of app developers, distributors, and regulatory bodies to set and follow standards for safe, validated mHealth technologies,” the report said.