Samsung adds blood pressure monitoring features to Galaxy watch Active 2
Samsung has announced a new app for the Galaxy Watch Active 2 that is capable of blood pressure monitoring. Called Samsung Health Monitor, the app has been claimed to have been certified by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) of South Korea, which called it “software as a medical device (SaMD)” Qualified as This means that Samsung can market the new app as the government’s clear, over-the-counter, and cuff-less blood pressure monitoring solution to measure and track the blood pressure level of Galaxy Watch Active 2 users. It should be noted that the app is only compatible with the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and the upcoming Samsung Smartwatch, and will be released in Q3 2020.
The Samsung Health Monitor app allows the Galaxy Watch Active 2 to measure blood pressure through pulse wave analysis, a process that employs the heart rate sensor of a smartwatch. But there is a catch here. The app and Samsung’s smartwatches cannot monitor blood pressure from scratch on their own. Instead, they rely on readings derived from medically certified blood pressure measuring cuffs, a procedure known as Samsung calibration. The readings are fed manually and then processed through the app’s algorithm to monitor blood flow changes in vessels and provide BP readings.
Users will have to measure their real blood pressure ’using BP cuffs every four weeks and calibrate the Galaxy Watch Active 2 accordingly so that it can track and monitor their blood pressure levels. Watch the following video to see how the Samsung Health Monitor app will work on the Galaxy Watch Active 2:
Not a new feature
However, this is not necessarily a new feature for Samsung smartwatches. The first-gen Galaxy Watch Active, officially known in 2019, was also able to measure blood pressure levels through the My BP Lab app developed in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). However, this facility was only for a handful of countries. In addition, it was an opt-in program of sorts, requiring users with UCSF researchers to give their consent to share information about their stress and blood pressure levels throughout the day.