Iltifat Husain MD contributed to this piece
This is the first part of a series we are doing on hypertension apps, next week iMedicalApps will be making formal recommendations of hypertensive apps we recommend physicians use with their patients based on an extensive review we have done of the App Store.
According to the American Heart Association, hypertension affects nearly 78 million Americans and its prevalence is increasing.
As a major contributor to coronary artery disease, renal disease, and cerebrovascular disease, effective management of hypertension is of critical importance both on an individual level and from a public health standpoint. Like many chronic diseases, self-management is particularly important.
A commonly employed strategy is home blood pressure monitoring – an approach endorsed by the American Heart Association, American Society of Hypertension, and other professional societies. When you think about it, self-tracking of home blood pressure seems to be a task that should be particularly amenable to mobile health tools like smartphone or tablet applications.
As part of a focus on chronic disease self-management, iMedicalApps will be putting together several features on specific conditions that are intended to help clinicians understand (1) the evidence for use of smartphone applications and (2) available tools that they can recommend to their patients. First, we’ll start with hypertension.
Here we present the results of our literature review and share the insights we gained on what evidence-based features we believe should be included in patient-centric apps for hypertension self-management. In upcoming pieces, we’ll look at available apps as well as connected blood pressure monitors and try to provide a roadmap for integrating these tools into your practice.