Welch Allyn enters home market with blood pressure monitor

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - After more than a century in business, Welch Allyn for the first time ever is entering a brand new marketplace.

The company is launching a blood pressure monitor that can be used at home. 

Since 1915 Welch Allyn started establishing itself as a powerhouse in the medical technology field, but all those years in clinical settings.  Now 15 months after being acquired by Chicago-based medical giant, Hill-Rom, the Skaneateles company is branching out with it's first ever home medical product.

"The business has done very, very well.  We’re growing, we're expanding our facility here in Skaneateles and products and solutions like this will only contribute to that growth going forward, so we're very excited about this,” said Alton Shader, the president at Welch Allyn.

The home blood pressure monitor works as simply as applying the cuff and pushing one button—in seconds, the readings are available and easy to read.

It also connects wirelessly to a free patient app on a smartphone, and if doctors sign up for the program, it allows them to see data patients are collecting so they can monitor them more closely.

“We looked at this and saw that there could be a great opportunity to put a solution together that could really help millions of patients that struggle with high blood pressure,” Shader said.

The same exact Welch Allyn technology that goes into one of these hospital grade blood pressure monitors is found in the home version as well.

The company will continue to look for new solutions to offer as patients and clinicians evolve and the consumerization of health care grows every year. 

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