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.
  • Affects one in four adults in England.
  • Is the third biggest risk factor for premature death and disability in England, after smoking and poor diet.
  • And its associated conditions, cost the NHS over £2.1bn every year.

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, an online portal or a smartphone app 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 integrates with the patient’s medical record, which reduces staff time and duplication of work.

benefits of BP @ Home

  • Increased clinical capacity as fewer outpatient appointments are needed.
  • Patients are directly involved in their care which can help them understand more about their condition.
  • Using the service can lead to earlier identification of changes in a patient’s condition, resulting in better treatment and outcomes.
  • The service can improve the efficiency of producing documentation, automating certain sections and preventing duplication of work.

 

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

BP @ Home leaflet

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