Introducing BP @ Home by healthcall on 1st June 2021
Our new BP @ Home service is currently live in Gateshead and will soon be rolled out in other areas across the region.
Thanks to funding support from NHSX via the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) – North East and North Cumbria, a training package to encourage regional roll out of the service is available to CCGs in the North East and North Cumbria.
The BP @ Home application allows patients to self-monitor their blood pressure at home for a seven or 14-day period and report their blood pressure readings into a digital application. The data can then be fed into the patient’s healthcare record within the GP System (EMIS Web or SystmOne), so there is no need for additional data entry. The pathway can be used for patients with undiagnosed hypertension, diagnostic review as well as supporting medication titration when required.
The patient receives two daily notification reminders to submit their BP readings, which default to 9am and 6pm, though these times can be changed to suit the individual. The pathway discards the first day’s readings and automatically calculates the systolic and diastolic averages, which are SNOMED coded and integrated directly back into the patient clinical record to support clinical decision making.
The Health Call team were funded by the AHSN for the development of the service and provide a comprehensive training package, user and video guides and technical support for CCGs, so the service can be adopted across the region. There is no cost for North East and North Cumbria practices or CCGs to deploy the service. The AHSN are also supporting EMIS practices with further funding to cover a one-off integration fee.
Patients are provided with a sphygmomanometer by their GP practice and registered from within the clinical system onto the platform. This provides convenience for the patient, who may otherwise need to attend multiple appointments at a healthcare setting or traditionally complete a paper-based recording which must be returned to the GP practice for manual calculation of readings and input into the clinical record.
Accelerated hypertension readings that are entered onto the pathway, generate response messages back to the patient to repeat the reading after a period of short rest and when and who to seek further medical help from. This provides a level of safety netting not currently available in typical recording solutions.
Patients can choose their communication preferences. They receive either a text message or email with a link for them to submit their readings.
The tool has been developed with Michelle Anderson, Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner and Lead Nurse at Team Medical Practice, Gateshead. She said: “Usually, patients would need to come into the surgery repeatedly for us to take a range of readings, which can be inconvenient for a lot of people.”