mHealth News Briefs with Tim Bredrup
Recent data from a year-long pilot study performed by Alere Health found that at-home blood pressure monitoring increased medication compliance among coronary artery disease (CAD) patients and reduced blood pressure levels in 98.4% of the home monitoring population. Comparatively, only 33% of the population that reported results to their providers via telephone saw reduced blood pressure levels.
A total of 859 patients enrolled in the commercial population of a national health plan participated in the study, making it one of the largest of its kind. Participants measured their blood pressure with easy-to-use, wireless-enabled devices. Output from these devices was reviewed in real-time by skilled care managers, who provided ongoing educational support and facilitated physician-guided care planning.
Alere is now offering its At-Home Blood Pressure Monitoring program to CAD care management patients as a value-added service for health plan and large employer clients. The company expects to publish the full results of its study in the near future.