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Can a smartphone camera help keep track of blood pressure?, a web-based health platform, claims that its app is able to check someone’s blood pressure simply by directing a smartphone camera at the person’s face. Experts remain doubtful, however.

What to know:

  • Researchers and scientists have been trying for years to come up with a way of monitoring blood pressure without the use of an arm cuff.

  •’s tool analyzes light reflections off the face to determine blood flow changes and is referred to as photoplethysmography.

  • However, outside experts suggest that that more research and data are needed before patients can be able to rely on this system.

  • Some are wondering if the camera app will work for people with different skin tones or those with facial hair and makeup.

  • David Maman, CEO and co-founder of, says his team ran tests on 264 people to build the system. The results have not yet been released.

  • Maman said they are planning more trials and will seek approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.

This is a summary of the article, “App Claims to Track Blood Pressure Using a Smartphone Camera,” published by The Verge on January 7. The entire article is available on

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