This Blood-Pressure Cuff Will Be Able to Talk to You

Inc. featured Livongo’s new voice-enabled blood pressure monitoring system.

October 30, 2018 by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin

Livongo, a Mountain View, California-based health care tech startup, announced Tuesday it is rolling out a slate of innovations through 2019. Together, the products–including a behavior-linked incentive program that provides free medication and an A.I.-powered, cloud-connected, voice-enabled blood-pressure monitor–reveal encouraging advances for the 135 million Americans with chronic conditions.

Since its 2014 founding, Livongo has been offering technology for patients with diabetes that wirelessly syncs their blood-sugar screening results to their own devices and those of their health care providers or coaches. Over the years, the company has bolstered its system with sophisticated machine learning and data science that communicate its actionable findings back to patients. For example, it might advise a patient showing a spike to drink two glasses of water and take a short walk, and test again in 15 minutes. Or it could encourage a user to phone their physician.

With its announcement Tuesday, Livongo is putting a name to that innovation: “Applied Health Signals.” It’s a nod to the fact that the company sees weakness in how the likes of Microsoft and IBM collect troves of data and aggregate it but fail to churn out useful information to help humans directly. That’s precisely what Livongo chief executive Glen Tullman wants to change.

Read Inc’s full article about the Livongo voice-enabled blood pressure monitoring system here.