Shilpa Rosario, general manager
As diabetes and high blood pressure are closely linked, Omron believes blood pressure monitoring is the key to good health
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for a number of health conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels, ranging from cardiac arrest and heart failure, to stroke and damaged arteries.
As such, the medical technology sector is busy developing increasingly smart blood pressure monitoring devices for hypertension patients, especially those with exacerbating long-term conditions such as diabetes.
Could new blood pressure monitoring technology be the future of diabetes treatment? Excerpts from an interview with Omron Healthcare Middle East and Africa General Manager Shilpa Rosario and Moorthy Muthusamy, Country Sales Manager:
Tell us about Omron and the company's relationship with blood pressure monitoring?
Omron has been producing blood pressure monitors since the 1970s. In the early 70s, we launched the first automatic blood pressure monitor and have been very strong in the market. Globally, we have over 200 million blood pressure monitors sold. At Omron, we believe that "precaution is better than cure". Omron's fully automatic blood pressure monitors help people monitor their health very easily. When it comes to blood pressure monitoring, Omron devices are clinically validated and is a trusted name even amongst the healthcare professionals worldwide.
How do Omron's devices help diabetes patients monitor their blood pressure?
Diabetes can lead to the hardening of the arteries. This can make it very difficult to get an accurate reading of someone's upper arm when you're taking their blood pressure. The Omron M7 Intelli model is clinically validated for use in diabetic patients and enables accurate and reliable home monitoring.
If hypertension is left untreated, it can lead to serious health conditions. According to the International Society of Hypertension, high blood pressure is the number one contributing risk factor for global deaths, due to untreated or undiagnosed conditions, and this is even more acute with diabetics. At Omron, we believe in "Zero Compromise" when it comes to healthy living.
How do you expect technology to evolve in the future?
Omron strives to continuously bring in innovative devices that can measure blood pressure in a very user-friendly way and provide easy connectivity to manage health data with healthcare professionals. EVOLV is our latest innovation, a blood pressure monitor that does it all for you. Its unique Intelli wrap cuff provides 360-degree accuracy and connectivity, which allows data tracking.
How can preventative digital technology play a role in reducing acute suffering?
At Omron, we want to contribute to healthier lives by achieving 'Zero Compromise'. Treating diabetes requires a comprehensive approach that goes beyond monitoring. It's really about the relationship between the patient and their doctor, and making sure that hypertension monitoring becomes part of a regular routine for diabetics. That means patients can track their progress over time, and talk to their GP if they have any episodes where their blood pressure is increasing.
This allows more interaction between patient and doctors, and better control on monitoring and managing blood pressure. The ability to transfer data from the device to the doctor increases compliance and promotes healthier living.
Moorthy Muthusamy, country sales manager