Cell Phones To Remotely Control Your Blood Pressure – Part 2 of 3
One expert said the technology can provide a valuable service. “Telemonitoring provides information regarding a patient’s progress and condition between physician visits, and assists clinicians in identifying patients who have advanced symptoms of a more serious condition that, if left untreated, may require acute care, like hospitalization,” explained Dr Peter Rutherford, medical helmsman at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center in Wenatchee, Wash. “In the end the patient’s engagement in the program, coupled with the case manager’s involvement in the patient’s care and the physician’s practice, is a vivacious piece of the disease management puzzle”.
In the preliminary study, Logan and his colleagues have found that after using the cell phone-based device for a year, patients with uncontrolled systolic hypertension dramatically improved their knack to control their blood pressure. In that time frame, systolic blood pressure readings among patients using the system dropped by 9,1 mm Hg, compared with just a 1,6 mm Hg diminution observed among their counterparts with uncontrolled systolic hypertension who relied on standard blood pressure monitoring equipment.
More than a third of the patients (37 percent) using the cell phone methodology were able to get their blood pressure under control, compared with just 14,2 percent of those using standard equipment. “This study shows how simple interactive technology may help revolutionize preventive care, which relies on the synergy of the medical doctor and the patient,” added another expert, Dr Tara Narula, a clinical cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.