Despite increasing financial and human resources invested, the disappointing rate of hypertension (HT) control continues to pose a challenge to health care providers in the civilized world. Low HT control is associated with the poor patient compliance. Nowadays, SBPM is an accepted method to improve the patient compliance as well as HT control. However SBPM has several limitations such as: - only few devices are validated according to BHS/AAMI - unreliable data recorded by the patient (under/over reporting) - extra work load to the physician in the assessment of the log-book entries of the patient.) By using telemedicine in the SBPM, a virtual HT clinic can be built up. In our developed system (TensioPhone/TensionCare) we remind the patient the BP measurement and pill intake, and SBP data are automatically transferred to the center for analysis. The analysed and structured data are then sent to the physician and the patient as a printed report. Regular communication between the health care team and the patient can contribute to make the virtual hypertension clinic become a reality and to substantiallly improve HT control rates.
- Clinical trials
- Self blood pressure monitoring
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Assessment and Diagnosis
- Advanced and Specialised Nursing