The challenge

High blood pressure is the second biggest known global risk factor for disease after poor diet. It is, however, the largest single known risk factor for cardiovascular disease and related disability.

It affects one in four adults in England and is the third biggest risk factor for premature death and disability, after smoking and poor diet.

High blood pressure and its associated conditions, cost the NHS over £2.1bn every year.

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Leaflet – BP @ Home

How BP @ Home works

Our BP @ Home service means patients can remotely report their blood pressure readings to healthcare teams. Usually patients would need to regularly attend appointments to have their blood pressure checked.

Clinicians are automatically notified if the patient’s readings are outside their normal thresholds so they can follow them up.

Patients can choose to use text messaging or email to submit their readings.

If the readings are abnormal, patients are given guidance on how to repeat the test.

BP @ Home calculates the seven-day average blood pressure reading, so this doesn’t need to be done manually. BP @ Home also integrates with the patient’s medical record, which reduces staff time and duplication of work.

The threshold for accelerated hypertension is aligned to the NICE guidelines for at home monitoring of 170/115.

Product features

  • Patient communication using text message or email
  • Patient advice and alerts for potential life threating accelerated hypertension
  • Clinician alerts for accelerated hypertension, non-responder and end of 7-day monitoring
  • Advice for patients including tutorial video for taking blood pressure at home
  • Blood pressure average are automatically calculated
  • Option to output PDF document containing patient observations to the patient’s record
  • SNOMED code mapped back into patient clinical record
  • Integrates into both EMIS Web and TPP SystmOne GP systems

benefits of BP @ Home

  • Replaces the use of home blood pressure paper diaries
  • Improved future management of high blood pressure
  • Time saving for both patient and clinicians
  • Reduced costs replacing phone calls
  • Reduced patient travel to and from the GP practice
  • Improved clinical outcomes (no white coat hypertension treated unnecessarily)
  • Early detection of medical emergency (accelerated hypertension) therefore improving patient outcomes
  • Potential patient knock-on benefits of taking control of healthcare and managing self-help

Testimonials

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. As the tool works for patients whether they have access to a smartphone and the internet, or not, it means we can offer it to even more patients.

Resources

Leaflet – BP @ Home

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