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Can a smartphone camera help keep track of blood pressure?

Binai.ai, 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.

  • Binai.ai’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 Binah.ai., 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 theverge.com.

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