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The AfyaZima Blood Pressure mCuff (BPmCuff ) helps healthcare professionals and patients in hospital and home healthcare settings to measure blood pressure with an award-winning, low cost, connected device, specifically built for the needs of developing regions at less than one sixth of the cost of the cheapest existing devices. The BpMcuff is a device which can directly integrate to the infrastructure in the home and clinic, as well as support data transmission via cellular networks to a centralised Electronic Health Record system to give valuable statistics on disease prevalence.
Globally, hypertension is a major chronic disease and it is considered by the WHO to be a leading cause of death and disability with 75% of the 1 billion people affected living in developing countries.That translates to about 1 out of every 4 adults being afflicted with hypertension. Untreated, uncontrolled, and unmonitored hypertension increases the risk of damage to the arteries, heart attack, stroke, and other cardiac illnesses.
Barriers to the treatment of hypertension in low-resource settings include limited access to low cost accurate BP monitors, lack of detailed data on variation of BP readings over time, and lack of training on how/when to take reliable BP readings. Expensive devices are more likely to have had their accuracy validated, but it is hard to find a correctly validated low-cost device.
Costing less than $15, the BPmCuff uses the mobile phone, a low-cost standard arm cuff and low-cost electronics to process high quality blood pressure measurements which are then transmitted via USB to the phone, where they are analysed, stored and sent to a physician or to central medical records. This will help healthcare workers in developing countries accurately track medical information over long periods of time to address epidemic chronic problems such as hypertension (high blood pressure). The device is targeted first at the primary care environment, especially hypertension clinics, but will be equally applicable in mobile clinics and for home monitoring.
Through increased access to monitoring, the BPmCuff will address the three key reasons for the rise in hypertension-related mortality rates in rural communities - late detection,misdiagnosis and lack of accurate epidemiological data.