Does do-it-yourself blood pressure monitoring work?

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

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6 thoughts on “Does do-it-yourself blood pressure monitoring work?

  1. Steve Schofield says:

    This remote method of BP monitoring also is likely to remove the white coat syndrome which patients experience during routine GP consultations. I know, as my normal BP is lower when measured at home than in the surgery.

  2. Dilpreet Buxi says:

    I am curious about the measurement technology that you use to measure BP – is it using the cuff method around the upper arm? Thanks and good luck!

  3. Erik Fransen says:

    Hello Dilpreet,

    at Vitaphone in general we tend to use the cuff around the upper arm method, since that is still the most reliable way to do it.

    With our solution patients can measure BP at home, whenever they like, and our systems and if needed medical personnel can take action whenever necessary to assist and/or advice the patient or his treating MD.

    Best regards,

    Erik Fransen, MSc, PhD
    CMO Vitaphone NL

  4. John Holland says:

    The follow-up does not need to be by physicians. In a study by Margolis and colleagues recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, pharmacists looked at the telemonitored readings, adjusted medication and counseled patients about adherence and lifestyle. The pharmacists’ patients achieved much better BP control that the usual-care control group who were managed by MDs using office BP.

  5. Vitaphone says:

    Hello John,

    You make a valid point here. The actual intention was that you need a care professional to support the technology and follow-up on the readings taken by the patient.

    Who this care professional is doesn’t matter; a pharmacist or a physician!

    • John Holland says:

      I agree completely. I made the point because, in the U.S. at least, nurses, nurse practitioners and pharmacists are the clinicians most frequently involved in telemonitoring, not doctors.


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