Why the need for a hypertension service?

  • 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.
  • High blood pressure affects 1 in 4 adults in England
  • High blood pressure is the 3rd biggest risk factor for premature death and disability in England after smoking and poor diet
  • High blood pressure, and it’s associated conditions, cost the NHS over £2.1bn every year

How the hypertension service works

Our home monitoring hypertension service enables patients to relay readings to a clinician remotely, without the need for regular appointments. If readings fall outside of thresholds, an alert is automatically generated which alerts a clinician for the need to follow up with the patient.

Patients can choose to use SMS text messaging, an automated telephone call, an online portal or an app to submit their readings, meaning the service is widely accessible suits patients of all technical abilities.

The hypertension service calculates the 7-day average blood pressure reading, negating the need to do this manually. All information can then be pulled directly through to the patient’s medical record, reducing staff time and duplication of work.

benefits of the hypertension service

  • There is a reduced need for outpatient appointments, increasing clinical efficiency and leading to cost savings. This also benefits the patients and leads to great self-management of conditions.
  • Using the service can lead to earlier identification of significant changes in blood pressure, resulting in quicker treatment of conditions and better outcomes for the patient.
  • The service also improves the efficiency of producing documentation, automating certain sections and preventing duplication of work.

 

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