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Blood pressure treatment may be improved by use of remote monitoring

July 08, 2013
Healthcare IT By LW Consulting Inc.

For medical practices to make sure that they are getting the most out of conversion efforts to new networks and technologies, they can employ a physician consultant or other such professional to oversee successful implementation. One group of patients that increased contact may help to improve care of are those with high blood pressure, as a recent study conducted by a team of Minnesota-based researchers published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests. 

It's important to note that the study did not focus exclusively on telehealth efforts, but instead on how the use of a telemonitor device in conjunction with phone consultations brought about tangible results.The 450 subjects of this were all described as "adults with uncontrolled BP [blood pressure]" taken from a larger group of more than 14,000 Minnesota-based patients. According to the study, this condition affects 30 percent of adults in the United States. Phone check-ins were staggered over the total 18 months that the research took place. 

"Home BP telemonitoring and pharmacist case management achieved better BP control compared with usual care during 12 months of intervention that persisted during 6 months of post-intervention follow-up," the authors wrote. More specifically, the results showed that 71.8 percent of the patients had blood pressure that was described as "controlled." 

This information suggests that coordinated initiatives like this may lead to better administration of care in patients' homes, even if it takes time to realize the benefits of such an approach. Healthcare IT consulting experts can help doctors assess their own medical systems and look for ways to make this kind of care model work.