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At-home blood pressure monitors help patients manage their high blood pressure: Research

November 20, 2017

Health experts have long known that the current approach to managing hypertension has its shortcomings. Patients often don't comply with in-person visits and when they do, the measurements can be inconsistent or inaccurate. In light of these shortcomings, the American Heart Association recently began recommending home monitoring. However, prior research conducted by Dr. Magid found that when patients used home monitoring, but were required to write down and call-in results, blood pressure goals only slightly improved. This latest study provides an additional layer of automation and convenience by directly feeding the readings from the home blood pressure cuff to the patient's care team via sophisticated health-IT tools.

"While the in-person doctor-patient relationship will always be a cornerstone of care, one day the use of coordinated, secure health information technologies based at home or work could complement visits in a medical office," noted coauthor Kari Olson, PharmD, a clinical pharmacy specialist at Kaiser Permanente Colorado.

"Engaging patients with tools that make health management more accessible is a critical step in addressing the alarming growth of chronic diseases and associated increase in costs," said Peter Neupert, corporate vice president of the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft. "The preliminary results of this clinical trial are significant and demonstrate how cost-effective and flexible technology solutions can encourage patients to be active partners in their health and help decrease their risk for life-threatening, acute care incidents."

This Kaiser Permanente Colorado research is part of a larger effort at Kaiser Permanente to study remote monitoring and connected telehealth to deliver health care at a distance outside of the traditional health care facilities.

SOURCE Kaiser Permanente