Yes, it does work! Well there’s a “but” though, because it only works really well, when the patients’ doctor has an infrastructure to follow-up the readings. If there is no support by the doctor, taking the readings at home is much less beneficial. This is kind of obvious because if there is no action on the readings what is the point of taking them?
Speed-bumps are that doctors only get paid when a patient physically visits a doctor. Also the extra services and resources needed to act on the data aren’t always available too. But results like an improved systolic pressure by 3.4 points to 8.9 points after a year, compared with usual care, are very promising.
Many different indicators of diseases can be measured right from your own home. At Vitaphone we are going a step further; we are providing patients’ the tools to manage their own care. For example take a look at our Medication Adherence Support System; the PICO.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Author: Indy Kavelaars