Definition: Home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) is the act of taking an individuals blood pressure in the comforts of their home and recording results for later evaluation by their health care provider.
Purpose: The purpose of the proposed project is to utilize home-based blood pressure monitoring to improve the management of hypertension and decrease complication of uncontrolled blood pressure.
The goal of the project is to improve blood pressure management in those with hypertension to prevent complications from uncontrolled hypertension.
Innovative Technology: The Omron is a sphygmomanometer that has the ability to transmit data via email and to the patient's provider. This eliminates the need of patients having to keep a written log. The home-based blood pressure monitoring program eliminates the tediousness of writing the results and prevents the misinterpretation of results due to poor writing legibility or lack of memorization. By keeping an electronic record of accurate bp results that can be easily accessed and reviewed, the practitioner will be able to utilize supporting data to institute the best intervention necessary for treatment of the patient’s blood pressure. The Omron BP785 was rated the best blood pressure monitor according to Omron and other validated research studies. Cost is approximately $65 per BP monitor. The uniformity of the monitor is important to minimize variance and error in the interpretation of results for a successful doctoral research project.
Why? HBPM will help health care providers deliver individualized patient care based on accurately reported blood pressure results. Improved blood pressure control will decrease the prevalence of co-morbid conditions and decrease health care costs. The HBPM program decreases cost to the patient and has the potential to increase coverage and reimbursement to the health care practice.
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