Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active 2 BP monitoring app approved by South Korean government

Samsung obtains government clearance for blood pressure monitoring app

Samsung received the approval of South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) for its blood pressure monitoring app. The app will be released to Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 models later this year.

The smartwatch industry has transformed greatly ever since the technology hit store shelves several years back. They used to be merely extensions of smartphone screens, but they have since developed into important devices that keep people healthy.

Several smartwatches have standard features such as heart rate monitoring, blood oxygen levels, and sleep tracking. Many doctors find these features extremely useful to track their patients’ health.

Doctors will be delighted to know about Samsung’s development in wearable technology.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 to get blood pressure monitoring app

Last April 21, Samsung announced that the Samsung Health Monitoring App has just been certified by South Korea’s MFDS as a ‘Software as a medical device (SaMD).

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is now a cuffless blood pressure monitoring app thanks to the software developed by Samsung. The Omron HeartGuide was the only wearable blood pressure monitoring device before Samsung’s software certification.

The Omron device works similar to the traditional blood pressure apparatus where an inflatable band is worn around the wrist or the arm. Samsung’s technology doesn’t have inflatable bands.

Instead, Samsung will use the existing photoplethysmography (PPG) heart rate sensor and an electrode for electrocardiograms. The company says that these two sensors are enough to detect the blood pressure of any user at any given time.

Users will have to calibrate the software every month for accurate monitoring. Galaxy Watch Active 2 users will have to measure their blood pressure three times continuously and enter the levels manually within the app. After which, the software will be able to detect the present blood pressure of users.

Samsung’s commitment to its users’ health

Samsung recognizes that high blood pressure is the world’s deadliest cause of kidney, brain and heart disease. Accordingly, Taejong Jay Yang, Corporate SVP and Head of Health Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics said,

The Samsung Health Monitor app has the potential to help millions of people around the world who are affected by high blood pressure

The new feature will be released to Galaxy Watch Active 2 watches third quarter of this year, and will subsequently be released in other Galaxy Watch models.

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